A new smartphone-based means of paying for electric vehicle (EV) charging while traveling on the West Coast Electric Highway fast-charger network in Oregon and Washington was recently unveiled by AeroVironment and by the developer of PlugShare, Recargo, via a press release.
The new smartphone app will now allow drivers to pay for utilizing AeroVironment’s DC fast chargers and Level 2 charging stations via the PlugShare app on a pay-per-use basis — thereby greatly simplifying the use of the service/stations for some. There is reportedly no extra charge for the use of the service.
Considering that PlugShare is currently “the most extensive map of EV charging stations” out there, the service will likely see wide use fairly rapidly.
Those who would prefer to use AeroVironment’s customer service call line to pay are of course still able to — pay-per-use charging rates for Level 2 charging stations and DC fast chargers via that path are $4 and $7.50, respectively.
Green Car Congress provides a bit more information:
Customers can still sign up for a value-priced subscription program that provides EV drivers the freedom of unlimited charging along the West Coast Electric Highway for a flat rate of $19.99 per month. The AeroVironment EV Net subscription service includes 24/7 customer support and online services that allow drivers to manage their account and track charger usage and energy consumption.
AeroVironment’s Network in Oregon and Washington includes 55 DC fast chargers and 59 Level 2 charging stations forming the West Coast Electric Highway.
Those interested in the new service and smartphone app can find out more by downloading the app via the Apple App Store or the Google Play App Store.
Image Credit: PlugShare