EV Charging Networks are groupings of EV charging stations operated by one or more networks. Some charging network companies partner with one another, allowing users to “roam” between different networks’ chargers. Others provide user access to their network through an app.
Whether they’re used at home, at workplaces or public destinations, EV drivers need easy access to reliable charging station infrastructure. While there are standalone EV charging stations, most are located at host locations—gas stations, shopping centers, restaurants and more. These charging stations are often connected to a larger network infrastructure and offer advanced features. Networked EV chargers also benefit from remote access, making maintenance and monitoring easier for hosts.
Some automakers operate their own EV charging networks, including Tesla and the new Ford-Electrify America DC fast charging network. The latter network is the only comprehensive provider of DC fast charging stations in the United States, enabling long-distance travel for non-Tesla electric vehicles.
Other EV charging networks, such as ChargePoint and EVgo, offer incentives to users who sign up for memberships. These may include discounted charging rates or free sessions. The EVgo network also offers a consolidated map of charging locations from multiple providers, making it easier for users to find the most convenient station. Some EV charging apps, like PlugShare, show all available stations across different networks, while other apps such as the onboard trip planner in Tesla cars help users locate Superchargers and Destination Chargers at restaurants, hotels and more. EV Charging Networks