It may be a textbook case of a first-world problem, but any EV driver who doesn't want to carry two or three plug-in vehicle charging station cards when one would do is about to get a little smile on their face. This morning at the LA Auto Show, the new ROEV Association was announced that will let EV drivers carry just the one card. While you would think the all-caps ROEV stands for something, none of the pre-announcement materials nor the website explain it that way. Instead, it seems to just be a play on rove, which makes a lot of sense.

There are three charging networks involved in ROEV: Blink, ChargePoint, and EVgo. Conveniently, these are the three largest in the US and have a combined 17,500 public chargers across the country. If you've got an account with one of these three networks, once ROEV goes into effect (expected in the spring of 2016), you'll be able to use that card at any participating charger without signing up for another account. Your personal details are kept private, ROEV says, and the companies coordinate behind the scenes to make it work. Pricing details were not disclosed.

Besides the three main charging networks, two automakers are also founding members of ROEV: BMW and Nissan. ROEV says that Audi and Honda have also have already joined the Association and the organization wants to pull in all EV stakeholders to make electric vehicle charging easy. Fans of EV technology will note that ROEV has nothing to do with promoting either the CHAdeMO or the SAE Combo (CCS) fast charging standard. The Leaf is a CHAdeMO car while the i3 uses CCS, for example. The charging networks, of course, provide both kinds of plugs and don't promote one over the other. Tesla and its Supercharger network are not involved in ROEV, but Tesla drivers can, of course, participate in ROEV.
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With the ROEV Association, Electric Vehicle charging becomes more accessible

Founded by key players in the Electric Vehicle (EV) industry, ROEV intends to advance EV adoption through public charging network interoperability

• ROEV gives drivers access to charging stations across multiple networks, using their account of choice
• 91% of public networked EV charging ports are operated by ROEV founders
• ROEV Association is growing quickly, with participation from various EV stakeholders

Los Angeles, CA, November 19, 2015 – At the 2015 Los Angeles International Auto Show, five partners, including two of the top EV automakers, BMW of North America and Nissan, together with the three largest EV charging networks in the U.S., CarCharging/Blink (OTCQB: CCGI), ChargePoint, and NRG EVgo, announced the creation of the ROEV Association ("ROEV"), a neutral collaboration of industry stakeholders designed to support EV adoption by facilitating public charging network interoperability.

"Driving an EV will be easier thanks to ROEV. The EV driver's ability to find, and charge at, any member public station, using an EV charging network account of their choice, is paramount to a simple driving and charging experience," said Simon Lonsdale, Chair of the Board of ROEV. "The ROEV Association is working to streamline EV charging access across multiple charging networks in order to help bring EVs further into the mainstream."

One of ROEV's primary goals is to provide easier access to all networked, public EV chargers by adopting and promoting interoperability standards, so that drivers can confidently charge anywhere public stations are found in the U.S., using a participating EV charging network account. Together, ROEV's founding partners operate 91% - more than 17,500 - of public, networked EV charging ports in the U.S. (US DOE Alternative Fueling Station Locator) and the Association is encouraging all EV industry stakeholders to join their efforts to provide drivers with access to 100% of public charging stations.

Much like bank cards make it possible to withdraw funds from any ATM, drivers with a participating EV charging network account will be able to charge their EV at other participating charging stations. By improving the convenience of public EV charging, ROEV's charging network interoperability will enhance the EV ownership experience for current and future drivers.

Currently, to access all 19,000 public, networked EV charging ports in the U.S. (US DOE Alternative Fueling Station Locator), drivers may have accounts with numerous EV charging networks, carry multiple access cards, and use a variety of mobile apps to find stations. Particularly for unplanned charging, this may mean additional time and inconvenience for the drivers of the more than 380,000 EVs sold in the United States to date (Inside EVs).

In order to maximize the public EV charging experience, ROEV is actively expanding its membership and commitment within the broader group of EV stakeholders. Beyond the founders, several new companies have already joined the Association, including Audi, Honda, Efacec, Portland General Electric, SemaConnect, and BTC Power. ROEV expects that charging network interoperability will increase the appeal of electric car ownership to an even larger number of drivers in the U.S and is currently recruiting additional members and associates from across the EV industry.

About ROEV

ROEV is an electric vehicle (EV) industry trade association created to increase EV adoption by enabling charging network interoperability in the US. This neutral collaboration of industry stakeholders, founded by BMW, CarCharging/Blink, ChargePoint, EVgo and Nissan, is currently the only association in the US focused on increasing the appeal of EVs by adopting and promoting universal industry standards to provide drivers with accessible and convenient EV charging across multiple charging stations and networks. Today, drivers sign up with multiple EV charging networks. ROEV will make it possible for drivers to use any participating new or existing EV charging network account to access charging stations across multiple charging networks.

ROEV membership is available to all EV automakers, EV charging networks, EV charging station manufacturers, other EV charging technology companies and electric utilities in the U.S.

To learn more, visit www.ROEV.org and follow us @ROEVAssociation and facebook.com/ROEVAssociation.

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