Wirecard CEE, a subsidiary of Wirecard AG, has agreed a partnership with the Austrian IT start up ENIO GmbH with the aim of making the concept of electromobility even more appealing to consumers. ENIO operates a pan-European service network of over 2,500 electric car charging stations for its customers: Consumers can quickly find available charging stations of participating operators via the online platform (www.enio.at) or via a mobile application. The partnership with Wirecard will soon provide the opportunity to make cashless payments directly via the app.
Fritz Vogel, CEO and Partner of ENIO: “With the rising demand for electromobility vehicles, so too the need for suitable charging stations has also risen. Our electro-charging station infrastructure offers consumers a practical overview. In fact, we are going one step further: with the help of Wirecard, an internet connection will be established between the payment process and the electric charging stations, meaning that payments can be made at the touch of a button.”
Here’s how it will all work: Customers who use the online network and wish to pay via the app initially load credit onto their smartphone via the ENIO app. This can be done by MasterCard, Maestro and Visa using the seamlessly integrated Wirecard Checkout Page interface. Confidential card data is protected by smart risk management tools and encryption software. The payment to the respective charging station is made by entering a unique PIN. Spontaneous payments (i.e. without having to register with an operator) are therefore also possible.
Roland Toch, Managing Director of Wirecard CEE: “Electromobility is the future. Its success is largely dependent on user-friendly charging infrastructure. Quick and easy access to charging without any obstacles would be a huge benefit. Together with Wirecard, this is exactly what ENIO is offering. We are delighted that we are able to support ENIO in this step by integrating our e-payment solutions. Consumers stand to benefit from the convenient smartphone payment experience.”
Implementation of the mobile payment option is set to be quickly completed in all European countries in which ENIO operates during the first half of 2016.