LOS ANGELES — Greenlots, a member of the Shell Group, is leading a roaming expansion across the major electric vehicle (EV) charging network partners, including ChargePoint, EV Connect and FLO.
Greater charging network interoperability now enables EV drivers to locate, access and pay at more than 54,000 public charging points across the United States and Canada. EV drivers can continue to use any of the networks’ proprietary mobile apps based on individual preference without additional sign-ups, fees or markups.
“This is a great example of collaboration across EV charging networks and their experts coming together to give consumers and businesses the access they need to continue the transition to EVs with confidence,” said Kuan Archer, chief product and technology officer for Greenlots. “Roaming, in addition to more EV charger installations, plays a key role in driving greater EV adoption through better charging experiences and higher trust in the reliability of today’s infrastructure.”
EV charging accessibility is expected to continue expanding as new networks develop, installations increase and bilateral roaming partnerships are formed. Increased accessibility supports more opportunities for EV drivers to charge on the go.
“This agreement with Greenlots furthers our mission to deliver a dependable and seamless driver experience. By leveraging today’s existing EV infrastructure, our respective users will benefit from the convenience of more charging opportunities regardless of the mobile app, vehicle or credential used, and that is a win for the entire industry,” said Patrick Macdonald-King, chief operating officer of EV Connect.
“Software is the key component that makes roaming across EV charging networks a reality, and the agreement between ChargePoint and Greenlots ensures the best possible experience for drivers to find, use and pay for charging, all without the need for multiple charging network accounts,” said Bill Loewenthal, senior vice president of product at ChargePoint.
“We are excited about this new roaming expansion and are looking forward to welcoming Greenlots’ users to FLO stations,” said Nathan Yang, FLO’s chief product officer. “We strongly believe in the importance of open networks and platforms. Roaming agreements are a tangible way to improve EV drivers’ experience and break down barriers to widespread adoption, which ultimately encourages more people to switch to electric vehicles.”
Greenlots, a member of the Shell Group based in Los Angeles, oversees more than 2,000 charging sessions on the Greenlots network each day.