Recargo Inc. and SemaConnect Inc. Introduce Open System for Public EV Charging “Pay With PlugShare” Launches on the World’s Largest EV Charging Station Network
VENICE, CA and BETHESDA, MD– October 1, 2013– Recargo Inc., electric vehicle software and information services company has partnered with SemaConnect, a national leader in electric vehicle charging stations to launch a new public charger payment solution. “Pay With PlugShare” has been engineered to be the easiest and most universal public charging system currently available, and will operate seamlessly under PlugShare, the most widely used app to find a place to charge and now to pay for your charge. Pay With Plugshare will be available at more than 300 SemaConnect charging stations in the United States and Canada.
Both companies want drivers to be able to plug in at public stations with efficiency and ease. Pay With PlugShare solves the current dilemma of proprietary payment, extra fees, and members-‐only charging. The service combines finding the best place to charge for every driver’s unique plug-‐in needs, while accessing the world’s largest charging network, with a payment solution built into the same app. Since the payment method only needs a smartphone and doesn’t require membership costs and prepaid subscriptions, and RFID tokens or phone calls, this process is more reliable and cost effective for drivers to charge.
“We heard from drivers and charging networks who want to make paying for charging as easy as we’ve made finding a place to charge. We thought if it’s possible to pay for a parking meter with a credit card, why not the same for a charging station?” said Brian Kariger, CEO of Recargo Inc. “We are pleased to launch Pay With PlugShare with SemaConnect and finally give drivers a simple solution to charging payment. Ultimately, we want the industry to thrive and our service to encourage EV adoption by providing the smoothest plug-‐in experience for all.”
Sources: SemaConnect and Recargo