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What is EV Roaming?

What is EV Roaming?

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by Gill D on March 25, 2022

While Tesla's Supercharger network has traditionally been the most extensive for public EV charging, roaming agreements are allowing other networks to compete with Tesla.

For example, Electrify America, a Volkswagen subsidiary, recently announced plans to build new "human-centered" charging stations in a number of locations, replete with solar panel awnings and a lounge-like waiting space. In order to improve the consumer experience, the business is also releasing a thinner, redesigned EV charger.

The goal of Electrify America is to make charging as simple and convenient as feasible. The new stations are organized around comfort, security, and amenities, with a mind to how long it takes to charge an electric vehicle. The idea, according to Electrify America, is to make the shift from standard petrol stations to an electric vehicle lifestyle more appealing. It's intended to improve customers' charging experiences.

As we know, Tesla has been using a similar technique for its charging stations.

In the United States, the charging experience is tremendously fragmented, especially for those who do not own a Tesla. While Tesla's Supercharger network has been praised for its easy-to-use interface and quick charging capabilities, it appears that the opposite is true for almost everyone else. In the United States, there are around 41,000 public charging stations with over 100,000 outlets.

However the Non-Tesla Supercharger Pilot opened several of its stations to Non-Tesla EV users in specified countries using the Tesla app, which was launched last November (version 4.2.3 or higher).

The present state of Europe's electric vehicle charging infrastructure includes certain locations being more connected than others, EV drivers can go far and fast thanks to the current network of fast public chargers across Europe. Thanks to roaming, there are some EV charging service providers that enable EV owners to plug and charge their vehicles from a variety of charging networks.

 

Understanding EV Roaming

We've all heard of the word "roaming." When you return from a trip to another nation and turn on your phone after landing, it connects to a local network automatically. You don't need to buy another network contract to make calls, send messages, or use the internet. This is analogous to roaming in electric vehicle charging.

The collaboration of electric vehicle charging service providers has resulted in EV roaming. Charging service providers get together to form a roaming network in order to provide their clients with the best possible experience. EV roaming ensures that service providers can handle the ongoing electric car boom as sales of electric cars continue to rise significantly.

Even if an electric car driver is just a customer of one service provider, roaming allows them to access multiple charging stations. Roaming networks provide worldwide access to thousands of charging stations. No matter where they drive, EV drivers can expect a consistent and hassle-free charging experience.

The market for electric vehicle charging is currently increasing, however it has not yet matured. Roaming protocols are being tried in the real world, just as they were in the early days of cell phones.

While EV charging roaming is still in its early stages, the eventual goal is for most charging stations to be accessible with only one user account, similar to how most payment cards are accepted in most grocery stores.

In many ways, the current state of the electric vehicle charging market is not ideal. The lack of uniform norms and principles is causing asymmetric competition between charge operators, which is keeping roaming charging prices high.

Aside from range, one of the most common roadblocks to EV adoption is a lack of knowledge about charging station availability and the total cost of a charging session. These roadblocks can be overcome by establishing a communication network that connects all EV market participants. EV roaming becomes a viable alternative for everyone once these common requirements are agreed upon.

 

The Future

Electric car drivers will want consistency from charging services as the market evolves. All stakeholders benefit from open roaming networks based on standard norms and reasonable charging fees.

Joining a roaming network may be a no-brainer for a charge service provider seeking growth and client satisfaction in ten years. A centralized, open roaming system is more cost-effective to run than a closed charging network, and it allows EV vehicles to access a larger charging network. Only by agreeing on uniform standards and price structures can the world of fully integrated EV charging networks become a reality.

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