Rapid charging network Engenie has announced that it is moving its charge points over to contactless payments, making access for any EV driver quick and easy.
The network’s triple-connector rapid chargers will be able to accept contactless credit & debit cards, or Apple Pay, at the charge point, with a brief change in costs while the systems roll-out.
From Monday 19th March 2018, charging an EV at an Engenie point will cost a flat rate of £4 – no matter how much electricity is used. This will continue until May, when the release of new functionality will see Engenie charge a price per unit of electricity used.
From May 2018, a cost of 36p/kWh will be charged, which Engenie says will cost an average EV driver at one of its points £3.96. Having looked at data from its charge points, an average charging session uses 11kWh, which is why the flat rate has been set at £4 for now.
All charges – whether on the flat rate or following the change to a price per kWh – have no connection fees or membership costs.
Engenie will also look to launch a smartphone app later this year, providing another option for users. A launch date is yet to be confirmed though, with the app still in development.
The network’s rapid charge points all have CCS, CHAdeMO, and Type 2 AC connectors, and can be found on Zap-Map desktop and app by using the network filters.