Electric charging points to offer contactless pay by 2020 | AA Cars

The government has announced that it wants all electric vehicle charging points to have contactless payment by the spring.

This would allow motorists to use credit or debit cards, as well as smartphone apps and membership cards, to access electric charging points.

It was previously announced that the government has backed the introduction of more than 20,000 charging points across the UK, including more than 2,000 rapid chargers. 

BP Chargemaster, the UK’s largest charging network, announced a similar scheme where all new 50kW and 150kW chargers would come with card payment – while all the established points would be retrofitted with contactless payment over the next year.

Michael Ellis, Future of Mobility minister, said: “The government’s vision is for the UK to have one of the best electric vehicle charging networks in the world, but we know the variety of payment methods at the moment is a source of frustration for drivers.

“It is crucial there are easy payment methods available to improve electric vehicle drivers’ experiences and give drivers choice. This will help even more people enjoy the benefits electric vehicles bring and speed up our journey to a zero-emission future.”

Edmund King, AA president, said: “It is encouraging that we will have an over-arching review to give a clearer picture of what is needed on the electric highway ahead. 

“We are pleased that our calls for rapid chargers to be accessed by all via debit/credit cards or contactless has been heeded. These announcements are a step in the right direction.”

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