Rolec EV will launch a new payment system called EV Charge Online at tomorrow’s Cenex LCV Show. The product will allow drivers to pull up at any enabled charge point, activate and pay for a charge by using their smartphone, tablet, or in-car connectivity.
The pay-as-you-go service has been designed to provide open access to charge points, with features focused on both the user and operator, and can be retro-fitted on to existing devices. Customers will be able to receive a text or email letting them know when the charge is complete, while charge bumping will be available too, with waiting drivers able to send a prompt to the charging driver via the system.
Managing Director of Rolec EV, Kieron Alsop, said: “For some time now we have felt that the EV driver has been forced into unnecessary and expensive annual memberships fees, monthly subscription fees and charge point connection fees.
“Our new EV Charge Online system has been developed to provide unrestricted and open access to all EV drivers via a pay-as-you-go charging solution without having to commit to joining any specific network and therefore avoiding unnecessary fees and connection charges. EV Charge Online is not only beneficial for the EV driver, in so much as they only pay when they use the charge point, but also benefits the host.
“With EV Charge Online hosts will not have to pay any license fees and can have a charge point installed and operational quickly and easily, simply by providing an electricity supply. EV Charge Online can be installed at any location throughout the UK, from a single charge point through to a multi charge point network, and provides the host with an instant revenue stream – payable directly into their bank account.
“This new PAYG system can be incorporated into almost all of Rolec’s EV charge point product range, which covers the domestic, commercial and public facing markets. The EV Charge Online system can also be quickly and easily retro-fitted into existing public facing charging pedestals that have been manufactured and installed by other companies.
“The retro-fitting of EV Charge Online into these existing pedestals then enables the host to fully open up their charging network to each and every EV driver, in turn allowing the EV driver to withdraw from their current costly subscription and membership schemes and operate on a true pay-as-you-go basis.”