EV Charging Networks are infrastructure companies that offer networked or non-networked charging stations and manage the equipment at these sites. They can help a site owner or tenant determine the best equipment to install, set pricing, access controls, administration, and advertising options for the station. They also offer advice on the best ways to run the charging station based on experience at other locations, or in similar contexts.
There are currently several public EV charging networks that provide stations throughout the U.S., including Level 2 and DC fast charging options. Some have mobile apps that allow drivers to locate available stations and track their progress while charging. In addition, some networks partner with one another to provide users the ability to “roam” across different networks’ stations in a similar way that cellular users can roam between service providers.
ChargePoint is the largest EV charger network in the United States, with around 27,000 publicly available ports. Its network includes around 1,800 DC fast charging ports capable of rapidly empowering most EV models.
It is worth noting that while ChargePoint may have the most publicly available EV chargers, there are a significant number of Tesla-only DC fast chargers. This is a result of the “chicken or egg” problem that plagues most new technology markets, where consumers are wary of buying EVs without sufficient charging infrastructure in place, limiting demand. However, President Biden’s EV charging funding and proactive policies are helping to resolve this issue and ensure that the US has a robust network of EV charging ports. EV Charging Networks