Rapid EV chargers should have card payment by 2020 says OLEV

By Spring 2020, all new rapid EV charge points should offer card payment access for pay-as-you-go usage, as part of the UK Government's Road to Zero strategy.

As part of a roaming solution to allow easier access to EV chargers, the Office for Low Emission Vehicles is encouraging the use of bank card compatibility, to enable EV drivers to use the units without first needing to register with a card or app.

The majority of charge points are likely to offer contactless bank card access, allowing drivers to ues and pay for the charge point as they would pay for shopping at a supermarket for example. It brings the process in line with how drivers fill up at a petrol station, with no need for them to sign up with oil companies first.

It is a common complaint amongst both those that drive electric vehicles, and those that have looked into buying one, that access to UK charging infrastructure is a limiting factor in EV uptake.

Future of Mobility Minister, Michael Ellis, said: "The government's vision is for the UK to have one of the best electric vehicle charging networks in the world, but we know the variety of payment methods at the moment is a source of frustration for drivers.

"It is crucial there are easy payment methods available to improve electric vehicle drivers’ experiences and give drivers choice. This will help even more people enjoy the benefits electric vehicles bring and speed up our journey to a zero-emission future.

Business and Industry Minister Andrew Stephenson said: "Initiatives like this are essential as we move towards a net zero economy, making it easier than ever for people to own and use electric vehicles.

"Investing in batteries, technology and infrastructure through our modern Industrial Strategy and Faraday battery challenge will ensure the UK leads the world in the global transition away from fossil fuels while supporting the future of our automotive industry."

The announcement comes on the same day as Polar revealed it is adding contactless bank card payment to all new rapid and ultra-rapid chargers going forward, plus retro-fitting existing rapids with the technology. Some networks, including InstaVolt and Engenie, already offer contactless bank card payment on all their rapid charge points.

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Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:15th Jul 2019

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