Find and pay for plug from in your ride
App can access more than 80 percent of public chargers
Volvo has just announced the addition of ChargePoint to its list of Android OS apps. That lets drivers locate, navigate to, and pay for electric charging sessions without fussing with their phones and the charging station itself.
The ChargePoint app will be added to all Volvo Recharge vehicles, those with an EV or PHEV driveline, that use the automaker’s new Google Android Automotive operating system infotainment. It will first come to the Volvo XC40 Recharge EV, but as Volvo is set to add the new Android OS to many of its vehicles for model year 2022, expect it to come to more vehicles in a hurry.
Volvo developed the app along with ChargePoint and it is set up to allow access to “most” of ChargePoint’s network of more than 100,000 charging places in North America. Also of significance, ChargePoint has roaming agreements with other partners including FLO that will allow the app to work at stations belonging to those companies. Volvo says that’s access to more than 80 percent of all public L2 and L3 charging stations with more to come.
The app’s automatic feature works when the vehicle is shifted into park and compatible stations are in a 1 km range. A visual alert pops up on the infotainment screen giving the driver a list of stations and pricing. Once the vehicle is at the plug, the driver picks the right charger from a list and touches the Start Charging button. The GPS and cellular connections then unlock it for use.
Because payment info is stored in the driver’s account, no phone or RFID card is required, speeding and easing the process in bad weather or unfamiliar areas. It also helps drivers to no longer need multiple accounts or charging network cards, making the experience easier.
“The launch of a fully integrated ChargePoint in-car app in Volvo Recharge vehicles is an example of the increasing interconnectedness that driving electric brings to consumers,” said Bill Loewenthal, Senior Vice President, ChargePoint. “Not only will this new innovation seamlessly expand access to charging and essential charging data right in the vehicle’s infotainment system, but ChargePoint’s ongoing relationship with Volvo Cars ensures that Recharge drivers have access to thousands of places to charge across North America.”