The digital age is already in full swing: we manage our bank accounts online, use smartphones to shop, and―increasingly―drive electric vehicles. But when we want to charge an electric car at a dedicated station, we often find it difficult or inconvenient to pay for the service. One reason is that many charging station operators have installed their own proprietary payment solutions. This requires drivers of electric cars to carry a walletful of different cards, which can also be challenging to obtain because the registration requirements vary.
In order for electromobility to continue making headway, it’s essential for operators of charging stations to simplify both the charging process itself and, especially, how users pay.