ChargePoint and Electrify America have announced a partnership that will allow electric vehicles to use either company’s public chargers. The deal was announced this week and takes effect later in the year. Members of either network will be able to use the others’ chargers without incurring additional fees or having to re-register accounts.
- ChargePoint and Electrify America are combining their services to create a network of both companies’ chargers accessible to customers of either.
- The two companies combined currently operate more than 30,000 EV chargers nationwide, with ChargePoint adding 1500 chargers per month.
- Services are scheduled to be up and running by Fall, 2019.
A spokesperson for ChargePoint said the deal would likely take effect some time in the fall, once the two networks are integrated.
ChargePoint is a global EV charging network that manufacturers home and business fleet charging systems and maintains more than 66,000 commercial charging spots worldwide. Electrify America is a wholly-owned Volkswagen subsidiary that is investing $2 billion over 10 years to build up infrastructure and education for zero emission vehicles. It recently built more than 120 charging stations at Walmarts across the country.
“With the two largest EV charging service providers in the U.S. reaching this agreement, we can help expedite electric vehicle adoption by creating a seamless and reliable charging experience for consumers,” said Giovanni Palazzo, president and CEO of Electrify America in a statement. “By connecting our public charging networks, we increase the convenience and accessibility EV drivers need to travel where they want, when they want.” The president and CEO of ChargePoint, Pasquale Romano, said the deal furthers the integration of EV networks and “brings us even closer to the day when the movement of all goods and people will be powered by electricity… Partnerships like this make transitioning to electric drive easier than continuing to use fossil fuels. Our agreement is another example of cross-industry collaboration and underscores the importance of working together to support the transformation of mobility.”
The two companies operate more than 30,000 publicly available chargers in the U.S., combined. Both networks are growing rapidly, the ChargePoint spokesman said, noting that his company adds about 1,500 public, private, and semi-public charging ports a month.