EVgo has announced a partnership with Amazon to integrate an Alexa-enabled EV charging experience. Drivers will be able to use Alexa to find and navigate to EVgo charging stations, as well as initiate and pay for charging sessions. This functionality will be available in Alexa-enabled vehicles and automotive accessories like Echo Auto later in the year.
“We want Alexa to be useful for customers in their everyday lives, and EV charging is a great example of a task that can be simplified and made more convenient through the power of AI,” says Anes Hodžić, Vice President, Amazon Smart Vehicles. “By partnering with EVgo, we’re bringing Alexa’s AI and multi-modal experiences to improve the EV charging experience for drivers and streamline the process of locating, initiating and paying for a charging session.”
Amazon’s Alexa-enabled EV charging experience will utilize PlugShare and EVgo Inside to offer a seamless charging experience to customers. By integrating with the Alexa app, users will be able to find nearby charging stations, access PlugShare’s public EV charging map, and register for an EVgo account.
They will also be able to initiate and pay for charging sessions through the app. In the future, users will be able to view real-time charger availability and access session and billing information. PlugShare is the world’s leading EV community and a part of EVgo Inc., and has been serving the largest community of EV drivers for over a decade.
“EVgo and Amazon’s shared principles of being customer-centric and committed to a sustainable future make innovative experiences like voice-initiated charging possible,” said Cathy Zoi, CEO at EVgo. “From Autocharge+ to charging with Alexa, EVgo is committed to continuing to raise the bar for convenience of EV ownership for our customers. EVgo is proud to be Amazon’s first charging network partner to enable this Alexa experience, and support its Climate Pledge to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2040.”
EVgo’s partnership with Amazon is part of its efforts to expand partnerships across industries and advance shared sustainability and electrification goals through a variety of charging solutions and technology offerings. Through this collaboration, Amazon customers will have access to over 150,000 public charging stations in the U.S. listed on PlugShare.