VW Group Promises Easier Public EV Charging Payments

The Volkswagen Group is launching a public charging tariff that promises to make the process easier and more accessible for owners of its BEV models.

Its volume brands Volkswagen, Cupra/Seat and Škoda are now offering simple tariffs for public charging, allowing consumers to charge at fixed kilowatt-hour prices throughout the charging network. At the same time, the Group is further expanding its European charging network: E-car drivers can now use more than 310,000 charging points throughout Europe, including around 10,000 fast chargers at over 3,000 locations.

In the future, customers will have the choice between three basic tariffs, each with fixed prices per kilowatt hour charged. Depending on the country, prices can be different but always follow the same logic.

The initiative also includes a “Selected Partner” program together with charging park operators. In the future, particularly convenient charging stations will be highlighted in the e-cars navigation system and drivers will be offered the option of choosing to drive there. The quality criteria will include reliability, weather protection and if there is a catering option. This means that customers will be able to target charging stations with a canopy and coffee offering. The program is scheduled to start later this year.

Thomas Schmall, Volkswagen Group board member for technology and CEO of Volkswagen Group Components, said: “In the electric age, charging and energy are of the utmost strategic importance. For example, for many customers who consider an e-car, a home charging option is still a must. We cannot be satisfied with that limitation.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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