The need for different cards or apps to pay for electricity to charge a car at different stations can be annoying for some users. Volvo wants to reduce that frustration a bit.
The automaker has announced that it is working to integrate a wide range of charging functions and payment options into its Volvo Car app, which aims to make gas as simple as charging an EV (almost) car.
In the United States, the Volvo Car app will create the ChargePoint app, which already gives American customers access to more than 25,000 charger locations across the country. The app will be available this year and in 2023, Automaker will partner with Electrify America. Customers will receive a free three-year 250 kWh DC fast charging pass with the supplier, as well as a 12-month subscription.
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In China, the Volvo Car app will work with Star Charge, State Grid and TELD, which together cover 75 percent of all public charging points in the country. In Europe, meanwhile, Volvo drivers will be able to choose from over 270,000 charging points thanks to the integration into the PlugSurfing app. It allows cross-border charging access across the continent.
Relatedly, Volvo has spent the past few months investing in public charging networks in areas of strategic importance around Europe. It has invested in powerstop-branded charging locations in Poland, Italy and Belgium, among others. To facilitate the use of EVs, all commuters along the road, as well as plug-surfing and IONITY stations, have preferential pricing.
“Many of us are familiar with the frustration of navigating multiple apps and carrying multiple cards for different charging operators,” said Olivier Loedell, head of Volvo Cars’ electrification ecosystem. “Our goal was to make our customers’ lives easier and to remove a major barrier for customers to switch to electric vehicles. We will create a digital charging platform through the Volvo Car app. ”