“This international European partnership with Plugsurfing is the first of these solutions and it paves the way for more partnerships which will also include national and local solutions,” comments Polestar CEO, Thomas Ingenlath.
This will grant Polestar 2 customers with the ability to charge their new electric vehicle in over 195,000 locations across Europe. Plugsurfing will be providing easy means of accessing and paying for electricity from a variety of service providers.
Besides the inherent convenience during commutes, a key benefit of the Plugsurfing partnership comes with the European-wide flexibility to charge when abroad. Here, Polestar has identified that the need to use foreign bank accounts and local mobile phones can often put off consumers in taking their EV aboard or indeed limit their ability to charge their vehicle conveniently – gasoline-led vehicles don’t have this problem; so why should an EV? Plugsurfing’s network removes this barrier.
The Plugsurfing RFID tag, which will be supplied as standard with every new Polestar 2 in Europe, allows owners to reduce the number of apps, accounts and authentication processes required to charge their cars from the thousands of different charging service providers in the region.
Here, Polestar 2 customers will register an account with Plugsurfing, whereby they’ll benefit from a singular payment and authentication method. Furthermore, with Google Maps integrated into the new EV, it means owners can easily locate and navigate their desired charging point – best of all, travelling time requirements will be accurate thanks to Google’s excellent predictions.