A new agreement among electric-car charging networks promises the beginning of the end for the “charger wars” that have weighed down electric car drivers for several years. It’s still not possible for every electric-car driver to juice up at just any public charger, but it’s getting easier.
The latest development is a single “EZ Charge” card that will activate chargers on four networks: AeroVironment, Blink, Car Charging Group, and NRG eVgo. Unfortunately, the largest network of public Level 2 chargers, Chargepoint, declined to take part. Currently, Chargepoint has more than 17,000 public chargers in the United States and its inclusion would have brought significant conveniences for EV drivers.
This move narrows public charging options for most EV drivers down to two main platforms, not counting Tesla’s proprietary network of free Superchargers.