The U.S. Joint Office of Energy and Transportation will bring together automakers, electric vehicle charging companies, researchers and other stakeholders to create solutions to improve the EV charging experience.
The National Charging Experience Consortium, led by Department of Energy national laboratories, will develop best practices and work to solve charging pain points over the next two years. Participating research labs will publish the consortium's findings and make recommendations.
The group has 29 members and counting. Automakers General Motors, Ford Motor Co., Stellantis, BMW North America, Tesla and Rivian Automotive; charging networks; charger manufacturers; consulting firms; and electric utilities have joined so far.
Charger reliability is a major pain point as the Biden administration aims to have a nationwide network of 500,000 public charging stations by the end of the decade. One in five charging attempts in the U.S. failed last year, according to J.D. Power.
Lawmakers want to ensure that chargers are reliable; the consortium will identify deficiencies in today's network and develop proposals to ensure a better charging experience, John Smart, director of the consortium and group lead, mobility analytics at Idaho National Laboratory, told Automotive News.