ABB, the world leading manufacturer of dual-outlet DC fast charging stations for electric vehicles, has announced an easily integrated credit card payment option that can be added to new or existing Terra 53 DC fast charging stations. With this station enhancement, drivers can pay for their charging sessions whether they have a network membership, or are roaming outside of their local region.
“Membership-based payment systems have distinct advantages for electric vehicle drivers in terms of local convenience, incentives, and reliable charging management across a region,” said Andy Bartosh, Director of ABB’s Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure business for the Americas. “However, as vehicle batteries get bigger, and charging options grow, more drivers will be roaming into different geographies. A credit card or smartphone payment system offers peace of mind that drivers can use a charging station right when they need it, regardless of who is managing the network.”
One company leveraging credit card payment methods for Electric Vehicle charging services is Sunspeed Enterprises, a Bay Area infrastructure provider. Sunspeed is developing a network of chargers along scenic roads that connect tourists from the Bay, along the West Coast Pacific Highway into Wine Country. “The flexibility of a generic credit card reader is critical for Sunspeed’s business serving EV tourism. New drivers have trouble managing multiple network memberships. With thousands of new EV drivers every month, offering the simple credit card swipe that they are used to is a convenience they appreciate,” stated Richard Sachen, Founder and CEO of Sunspeed. “About two thirds of our sessions at Point Reyes Station are credit card transactions instead of a membership card or phone activation.”
“There are parallels for EV charging and the early mobile phone industry. Privacy and coverage issues were very frustrating for users who traveled outside of their home region. Developing better roaming solutions helped spur growth of mobile device use,” noted Bartosh. “Today, drivers know they can use a charger even if they don’t have the right membership card, relying on a credit card or smart phone transaction to get them to their next destination.”
“The global demand for the most common payment methods continues to grow as business models mature and the everyday user wants to use the payment solution they are familiar with,” added Joost Van Abeelen, ABB’s Global Director of Connected Services. “ABB has charging stations with credit card payment terminals around the world.”
EMV smart chip technologies offer the contactless payment option that keeps users financial data more secure. Near Field Communication (NFC) payments also allow drivers extra security through their smart phone payment platforms such as Apple Pay or Android Pay. These features are both incorporated in ABB’s credit card reader option. “A significant percentage of EV drivers are early adopters of technology, and more are demanding smart phone payment systems that offer both convenience and contactless security,” Bartosh added.
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This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.