Fastned takes the frustration out of electric car charging

One frustration experienced by many electric car drivers is the need to have a membership card or an smart-phone app to start charging their car at public points.

Fastned, the European Charge provider who are soon to arrive on U.K. shores, have started the roll-out of Autocharge.

With Autocharge, charging starts directly after the user has plugged in the vehicle at a Fastned station. There’s no more need for an app or a charge card.

Fastned Autocharge
Plug-in and charge – not need for cards or apps

The charging station recognises the car, which makes charging faster, easier and safer. Today the roll out started with a small group of users. Within a few weeks, Fastned expect Autocharge to be available for all Fastned customers on all Fastned stations.

Autocharge works with a unique car identifier which is transmitted to the fast charger. After a one time registration, Fastned can recognise the vehicle. A charging session is automatically credited. All EVs with a CCS fast charging port can use Autocharge.

“Charging an EV should be both simpler and faster. This includes automatically starting charging sessions and billing them. Especially for car sharing projects, Autocharge offers a great solution. Just plug in the car and it works.”

Michiel Langezaal, CEO Fastned

The Autocharge function was developed in response to questions by users to simplify the authorisation and payment method.

Autocharge is part of the CCS fast charging protocol, and is an open standard which can be used by all operators of fast charging stations. Fastned is committed to open standards and is already using with OCPP and OCPI standards for charging transactions.

The Founder of driveEV. A driving and new technology fan enjoying learning all about the future of motoring. I drive a BMW i3.