Electric vehicle charging stations add mobile payments

Jan. 17, 2013

Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are a big convenience for earth-friendly drivers. And with a new service from ParkNOW! and SemaConnect, EV drivers can charge-up faster with the help of their smartphone.

The mobile payment service ParkNOW, along with EV charging station company SemaConnect, announced a partnership that lets drivers scan a QR code with their smartphone and pay-by-cell to charge their electric vehicle without each time having to insert a credit card or call customer support. The service will initially be available at SemaConnect charging stations in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia, in locations such as Alexandria, Baltimore, Bethesda and Rockville, the announcement said.

"One of the biggest concerns of EV drivers is where to charge up and how to pay for it in a convenient way," said Mahi Reddy, CEO/Founder of SemaConnect. "Because of this innovative partnership, electric vehicle drivers can charge their cars without the added concern about having a charging pass or having to use a payment station. The ease of paying for EV charging is a benefit that we are excited to offer our customers and this partnership makes that possible."

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Topics: Mobile , Mobile Payments , Outdoor Kiosks , Transportation / Travel

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