The deal between PayPal and GE Industrial solutions will allow drivers a secure and easy way to pay for charging their EVs at GE’s Wattstations, using PayPal payment system and a new mobile app for the iPhone. The Apple iTunes website currently has the app availiable.
Drivers will be able, through the new app, to get pricing info on each charger, as well as find the closest EV Wattstation charger in their area. This can also be done on the GE Wattstation website, but it’s expected that the app will be more convenient and get much more use. The new app will also allow a person to check out the charger’s status, and pay for the fees via PayPal.
The new app will allow drivers to scan a quick response (QR) code on top of the charger. After that, the QR code will show the Wattstation and the particular pricing method for the particular stations. After recognizing all of the information, customers will simply be able to make payments via PayPal.
The new deal has GE representatives excited.
“Our full line of EV charging solutions is designed with the end user top of mind,” Michael Mahan, product general manager of EV infrastructure for GE Energy’s Industrial Solutions business, said in a statement.
“This collaborative agreement with PayPal enables us to offer EV drivers a convenient way to charge their vehicles, which is essential to nurturing the mass adoption of EVs in the future.”
Announcements like this one by GE and PayPal give a glimpse into the not-so-distant future of energy management on the internet… of course, with much more ubiquitous use of clean electrons.