PlugSurfing announced that it would unveil its new app for electric vehicle drivers at CeBIT 2014. The app is the first to empower users to pay for charging sessions via mobile, bringing relief to electric vehicle (EV) drivers currently faced with the onerous prospect of having to register with multiple charging point networks in order to charge at public charging stations. With the help of this app, drivers will be able to find charging points and pay for it with their mobile phone.
The PlugSurfing Charging Key will also be offered for the few charging points not yet able to be remotely accessed.
"We’ve listened to electric vehicle drivers and we’re delighted to be able to remove yet another barrier to carbon-free driving and give electric vehicles a big boost towards mass adoption in Europe", said PlugSurfing’s co-founder Adam Woolway, "PlugSurfing is now revolutionising access to car charging by opening up networks which were previously closed and for contract holders only".
The CeBIT preview of the app will coincide with a beta phase among the first-movers in Germany’s EV scene, followed by a roll-out across Germany and throughout Europe in Quarter 2, 2014 to be supported and coached by the European innovation network EIT ICT Labs.
By the end of 2014, all charging points in all major European countries are expected to be accessible barrier-free through the PlugSurfing app.