Don't expect any major changes, though.
ChargePoint already has the largest network of charging stations, but that doesn't mean it's going to slow down. Today, the company is announcing that it is taking over the management of all of General Electric's private and public chargers (as GE is quietly exiting the business).
ChargePoint says it will make the transition "as easy and seamless as possible" for current users of GE chargers and that they shouldn't notice much change (for now), since it will keep GE's software and commercial charging spots up and running.
For drivers, it seems like the main change will be that the ChargePoint app is going to show GE locations. Behind the scenes, ChargePoint will operate and service the GE stations, and will still support GE's existing warranty deals.
Full Press Release:
ChargePoint Takes Over Management of GE's Electric Vehicle Charging Network
World's largest charging network continues to grow, adding nearly 10,000 residential and commercial charging spots
Campbell, Calif. – June 27, 2017 – ChargePoint, Inc. the world's largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network, today announced that it has obtained a license to become the exclusive operator of GE's EV charging network, adding more than 1,800 commercial and about 8,000 residential charging spots to its network. With drivers and customers in mind, ChargePoint will maintain GE's existing software and commercial charging spots, helping to make the transition to ChargePoint as easy and seamless as possible for existing clients and drivers.
With nearly a decade of experience in EV charging, ChargePoint will offer GE customers the opportunity to access one of the most comprehensive networks available. ChargePoint provides the tools that enable drivers to find stations and station owners to take advantage of smart features such as access control, pricing capabilities and software solutions like energy management and scheduled charging.
ChargePoint is the only EV charging company that designs, develops and manufactures its own EV charging hardware and software solutions. In addition, ChargePoint's OnRamp program was designed specifically to bring other manufacturers to connect their charging stations to ChargePoint's industry-leading network. GE stations will be supported by the ChargePoint support team. Drivers who are currently on the GE network will also be invited to start using the ChargePoint mobile app to locate available stations, track usage and more.
"A reliable and consistent charging experience is crucial for fostering EV adoption and these are the key elements that ChargePoint has integrated into our business model for more than a decade," said Pasquale Romano, CEO and President, ChargePoint, Inc. "We are excited to expand our network with the acquisition of GE's network and have worked closely with the GE team to ensure a seamless transition for customers and drivers. We are growing globally and are the best equipped to bring former GE customers and drivers into the ChargePoint family."
"Given its decade of experience, comprehensive portfolio and track record in the industry, we are confident ChargePoint is the best fit for our EV customers," said Bryan Groulx, General Manager of GE's EV operations. "We are committed to working together to ensure a smooth transition."
The agreement includes support for both residential and commercial DuraStations and WattStations. ChargePoint will maintain a network for GE commercial stations, and GE will continue to fulfill all of its warranty obligations.
ChargePoint is the only charging company that offers a complete suite of EV charging products designed to serve EV drivers everywhere they go: at home, at work, around town and on a trip. A combination of residential chargers and commercial charging solutions designed for all verticals are laying the foundation for a future where electric mobility is convenient for anyone, everywhere they go.
GE customers with questions about the transition to ChargePoint can learn more at http://info.chargepoint.com/ge_welcome.