Technology partners simplify payment at 6K EV charging stations in Europe
Wirecard, a provider of digital financial technology, is teaming with Wirelane, a provider of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, to roll out contactless payments at nearly 6,000 charging stations across Europe, according to a press release.
In addition to the management and administration of charging stations, Wirelane has developed a charging station for both private and public sector use. The Wirelane app enables access to 60,000 charging points across Europe.
"Together with Wirecard, we are digitizing the charging process of electric vehicles, and this also includes the payment at charging stations," Wirelane CEO Constantin Schwaab said in the press release. "Our back office already enables business partners across Europe to manage their own infrastructure. End users should now also benefit from the use of charging options."
A module developed by Wirecard will facilitate contactless payments without a protracted registration process. Charging station customers can initiate vehicle charging by a tap on the station with an NFC-enabled credit card or a with a smartphone wallet such as Google Pay or Apple Pay. Nearly 6,000 charging points have already been updated with Wirecard software for downstream settlement processes, the release said.
"Up until now, owners of electric cars have often had to deal with lengthy registration processes and had to have internet access," Axel Puwein, Wirecard director of products and innovation, said in the release. "Wirecard is now ensuring that they can make use of a barrier-free, uncomplicated payment process directly at the charging station."