EV Charging Networks are groups of charging stations that are managed by a single company. The best-known example is ChargePoint, the largest EV charging network in the United States. It has around 27,000 charging ports, a number that puts it well ahead of its nearest competitor. Its network includes both Level 1 and DC Fast Chargers, but it is a bit behind in the category of extreme fast chargers (XFC).
XFC are capable of power outputs of up to 350 kW, and they are being rapidly deployed for light-duty and medium-duty electric vehicles. They are a good choice for in-route and long-dwell charging, and they can help to extend the range of longer-range EVs by as much as 200 miles in just 15 minutes.
Many of the large automakers, such as Ford and GM, are working on their own networks. Their offerings will include both Level 2 and DC Fast Chargers. Their networks will also have a large number of the super-fast XFCs that are needed to expand EV range in a short amount of time.
Several other companies are building and managing public EV charging networks, such as EVgo, Greenlots (acquired by Shell) and EV-point (Belgium). EVgo, in particular, has built a reputation for its user friendly app, excellent customer service and great locations. Its integration with the popular Lyft app allows users to save up to 45% on session charges. Other EVgo innovations include improved and expanded Autocharge+, which enables Lyft Gold and Platinum members to use its DC Fast Chargers at a discounted rate. EV Charging Networks