Just charge and go.
To make electric vehicle ownership easier, companies like Electrify America are working around the clock to add charging stations in the United States. With Volkswagen's backing, Electrify America has made it cheaper to charge on its network, which currently boasts more than 470 charging stations with over 2,000 DC fast chargers. Now Electrify America has announced a new feature called Plug&Charge, which makes it easier than ever for customers to pay for electricity.
Following a brief online registration, EV drivers can automatically pay for charging at a station simply by plugging in their EV. The charger communicates with the vehicle to identify the registered account and bill for the session. There are no buttons to press, and no cards or cash are needed.
This new feature is already available and will work on several upcoming EV models. Some of these include the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, 2021 Porsche Taycan, and the Lucid Air. "We are investing in customer-focused technologies like Plug&Charge to make the charging experience easier than filling up at a gas pump," said Cliff Fietzek, senior director of technology at Electrify America. "We are proud to be the first public charging network to ensure drivers of Plug&Charge-capable vehicles, regardless of manufacturer, can benefit from this simple payment technology."
For those who are interested in how this technology works, it uses advanced vehicle-to-grid communication technology with high-level encrypted security measures. The whole process follows the ISO 15118 standard, an international guideline that details secured communication protocol for EVs and charging stations to use when recharging.
We've seen a few automakers like General Motors and Fiat Chrysler make it easier to pay for gas by integrating payment systems into their infotainment units, but this new EV charging solution is as simple as it gets.