ChargePoint and EVBox have announced a roaming agreement that will enable EV drivers to roam between their charging networks from January 2019 in Europe and North America.

The agreement eliminates the need to register for multiple accounts and ensures drivers don't incur additional fees when roaming.

A contactless payment system for Allego chargers is being rolled out in the UK, starting with the Shell Recharge network.

Global partnership to accelerate electric mobility

ChargePoint and EVBox say theirs is the first global agreement to enable roaming between EV charging networks and reinforces a shared commitment to provide an open network accessible for all.

By 2025, ChargePoint and EVBox collectively pledged to expand their global networks to 3.5m places to charge to accelerate the mass adoption of e-mobility.

"Millions of EVs will become available globally, and with it comes the need for a global charging infrastructure. For this to work a network built upon open standards is an absolute must, therefore we are happy to announce this historic agreement with ChargePoint to that aim," said Kristof Vereenooghe, CEO of EVBox.

The roaming agreement is based on the Open Charge Point Interface (OCPI) protocol.