Two of the largest electric vehicle (EV) charging networks, ChargePoint and EVBox, have formed a roaming agreement that will allow drivers to roam between charging networks.
The deal will make EV charging more accessible and seamless between charging stations in both Europe and North America. According to the agreement, drivers can avoid registering for multiple accounts and will not incur any additional fees when roaming between charging stations.
The companies call the agreement the first global agreement to enable roaming between charging networks and furthers both companies' objective to create one open network that will be accessible for all.
By 2025, ChargePoint and EVBox collectively have pledged to expand global EV charging networks to 3.5 million places to accelerate the mass adoption of e-mobility and substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions around the world.
The companies said the agreement will benefit drivers and the EV industry by making electric vehicle transportation easier, with more charging stations available. Part of the mass adoption of EVs is said to be the availability of charging stations in enough locations to avoid the "distance anxiety" of going on a driving trip without having a charging station anywhere nearby.
The agreement is based on the Open Charge Point Interface (OCPI) protocol, an open standard for network operators to exchange key information needed to provide roaming services.