Originally published on Sustainnovate.
By Henry Lindon
ABB’s Terra 53 DC electric vehicle fast charging stations will now be credit card compatible, thereby giving owners/operators greater flexibility as far as customer use goes, according to a recent press release.
The new “easily integrated” option for credit card compatibility can either be purchased as an option for new stations or as an addition to existing ones.
“Membership-based payment systems have distinct advantages for electric vehicle drivers in terms of local convenience, incentives, and reliable charging management across a region,”stated 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.”
“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,” continued 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,” noted Joost Van Abeelen, ABB’s Global Director of Connected Services. “ABB has charging stations with credit card payment terminals around the world.”
Payment platforms such as “Apple Pay” and “Android Pay” are reportedly compatible.
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