The agreement will mean electric vehicle drivers in the UK only require a single subscription to access public charging stations operated by any of the providers.
A group of European smart charging solutions providers have pledged to open their networks to roaming agreements by the end of 2019.
Allego, EVBox and NewMotion have signed a letter of intent to open-up their charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs) and to help improve the switch to e-mobility.
Chargemap, ChargePoint, Charge4Europe, Engenie, Franklin Energy, and Travelcard have been announced as partners in the new initiative.
The agreement will mean EV drivers in the UK only require a single subscription to access public charging stations operated by any of the providers.
In addition to accepting each other’s subscribers, the operators will share charging station information so data can be used to improve the charging experience for customers. This will make it easy for EV drivers to see where and if a charge point is available for charging and what a charging session will cost at the specific charge point.
Earlier this year, the Electric Vehicle Battery and Charging Technologies analysis report by ABI Research found that the most significant barrier to the large-scale adoption of EVs) is so-called “range anxiety”.
According to the operators, the move represents a “significant step forward” for public charging infrastructure in the UK, which trails behind other European markets in terms of interoperability agreements.
“I have long believed that the country needs a national electric vehicle charging strategy to deal with issues around accessibility”
In the letter of intent, they underscore the importance of a “more joined-up, consumer friendly public charging network” in making EVs more desirable in the UK – and is especially critical given the UK’s intention to remove traditional combustion engine vehicles from its roads by 2040.
“This partnership is a landmark moment for the UK’s public charging infrastructure that will help to breakdown one of the key barriers hampering the uptake of EVs,” said Sytse Zuidema, CEO of NewMotion:
[Our] wider experience in Europe, where we have a public network of over 118,000 charge points, has shown that making charging more accessible and easy helps encourage EV adoption. As such, we’re excited to be part of a partnership that will no doubt help drive EV adoption across the country.”
Reportedly, Interoperability agreements in markets including the Netherlands, France and Germany have been accredited with fuelling the switch over to EVs.
On a European level it is expected that there will need to be at least 1.2 million public charging stations to meet the growing need for EV charging.
“As chair of the APPG [all-party parliamentary group] on electric vehicles, I support this move, which will make it easier for drivers to charge up their electric vehicles, and therefore, make the purchase and maintenance of them more accessible to consumers and the wider public,” added Matt Western, member of parliament.
“I have long believed that the country needs a national electric vehicle charging strategy to deal with issues around accessibility. This announcement from the collaborating parties in e-mobility is absolutely a step in the right direction.”
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