West Coast charging network operator EVCS is looking to simplify powering electric vehicles by offering a choice of monthly subscription plans.
The move marks a departure from the way such networks typically operate. Most require a low monthly fee and charge an additional amount per kWh used.
"It really is a minefield across the various networks, be it time of day rates, location- based variances and hidden fees," Kirk Johnson, chief growth officer at EVCS, said this month. "We're trying to cut through all that with a very simplified, predictable monthly fee."
The Los Angeles company now offers three subscription tiers for its West Coast network of close to 700 Level 2 or Level 3 public chargers. A Level 2 charger can top off an EV battery from empty in 4 to 10 hours. A Level 3 charger can fill a battery to 80 percent in 20 minutes to an hour depending on the charger and the network.