EV Consumers right to charge and never stranded policy
Everyone agrees that public charging networks should be open to all EV drivers with minimum inconvenience, declaring that EV charging networks are an imperative part of an essential infrastructure. How, though, are we going to achieve what we all want – accessibility to open charging networks that drivers can use as and when they please – which will meet the needs of the drivers of a mass market in a carbon neutral future?
The new interoperability agreements between different network operators are founded on the Open Charge Point Interface (OCPI) protocol, which enables open and standard communications between the networks, thus facilitating open charging and eliminating the need to subscribe to several networks at the same time. Encouraging the adoption of open standards like OCPI and OCPP pave the way forward for a more seamless public charging experience, especially as electric vehicles move into the mainstream.
Great examples of EV roaming networks are NewMotion with a coverage of over 100,000 charge points in Europe, and in the United States three of the largest charging networks (EVgo, ChargePoint, and EV Connect) have entered into a new interoperability agreement this week. Also, Hubject, a platform that enables roaming among different charging networks, boasts over 300 B2B partners in 26 countries and is rapidly expanding in the US and China. This makes an amazing 90,000 charge points on three continents!
The next hurdle to tackle is the equal and open access to all consumers to charge their battery powered cars. In California there is a notion that drivers should not need anything more than a phone or a credit card to charge their vehicle and a growing number of other states have imposed, or are considering imposing similar requirements.
The ultimate goal is for all public chargers to have a credit card reader physically located on the EVSE unit but meanwhile the simplest and most cost effective way to achieve open and equal access to the charging infrastructure is to offer consumers different payment options such as pay-by-phone or other mobile payment technologies.
Open access, network interoperability and superior customer experience are at the very heart of the mass adoption of EVs and they are essential cornerstones to accelerate the successful transition to electric vehicles. Evassist, offering that all-important third ingredient, is here to help make sure no driver is left stranded, taking exceptional care of EV drivers all over Europe and reshaping the mobility industry through superior customer experience, one driver at a time!