EVgo Mobile App Enabled To Initiate A Session With A Single Swipe

3 weeks ago by Mark Kane 17

EVgo station gives Nissan LEAF a boost

EVgo has launched a new mobile app for iOS and Android devices that enables one to initiate a charging session with a single swipe to the right, no access card necessary.

EVgo Mobile App homescreen

ChargePoint also released a similar feature earlier this year, which means that many EV owners will now be able to get rid of some of their charging cards from their wallets.

The EVgo network currently consist 980 DC fast chargers (typically up to 50 kW CHAdeMO and CCS Combo).

While we find this to be a better system, we believe that a ‘no membership’ option for all charging stations is still in the EV adoption’s best interest

The knowledge that one can just stop and swipe a bank card at any public station to get a boost is what we really need, and over time we imagine that will happen; those who don’t, won’t exist very long if they truly look to make money at the station-level.  Seen any gas stations you need to be a member of to pump gas lately?

“EVgo is committed to making EV driving as easy as possible and is constantly improving customer experience. The new EVgo mobile app simplifies electric vehicle charging by enabling EV drivers to find and navigate to their closest charging station, check charger availability and start a charging session without carrying around an access card. The new swipe to charge feature is incredibly convenient. The app also provides drivers with a quick and easy method for tracking their charging session time.

Highlighted features of the EVgo App include:

  • Card-free charging: initiate a session with a single swipe to the right
  • Robust mapping functionality to find the closest EVgo station (or anywhere)
  • Real-time charger status: track charging time and filter for currently available chargers—Turn-by-turn directions compatible with all leading navigation apps
  • Set an alert for when an in-use charger becomes available
  • Filtering options that enable users to only see chargers compatible with their car
  • A charging timer to remotely monitor charge duration
  • Save favorite charging spots and easily access recently visited stations
  • Easy access to charging and billing history”

Dave Schembri, CEO of EVgo said:

“EV’s are continuing to gain widespread adoption and the sales of EVs are becoming a larger percentage of overall car sales. EVgo is already providing a customer experience that makes EV ownership easy and the addition of new tools, such as the EVgo app, will allow EVgo to deliver the highest quality customer experience to the growing number of EV drivers hitting the road.”

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17 responses to "EVgo Mobile App Enabled To Initiate A Session With A Single Swipe"

  1. William says:

    Thanks, and only fashionably late to the Party!
    ChargePoint has had their app for how many years?

    1. DJ says:

      Ya, they claim CP did it recently but I’ve had the option for the 2 years or so I’ve had my car.

  2. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

    This is new?????

    The chargepoint app on my phone does it and been doing if for over a year for me. Just need NFC enabled on your phone.

  3. David Murray says:

    This is good news. I’ve been toying with the idea of buying some EVs and renting them out on Turo. One problem I worry about is non EV drivers getting into one and not being able to charge at public stations because they don’t have all the necessary cards before hand. It would be MUCH better if all stations could accept credit cards. This is, at least, a step in the right direction.

  4. bro1999 says:

    Ok, EVgo, great.
    Now fix the 4 CCS stations installed on the NJTP that have been offline for over 2 months now without any comment as to why!

    https://ngtnews.com/evgo-teams-pseg-complete-950th-ev-fast-charging-station

    1. Will says:

      Or the ones at Wal-Mart Elyria Ohio

  5. vdiv says:

    Note that the Google Play store refuses to install the app on my Android tablet (deems it incompatible). Will have to find the .apk file and sideload.

    Also if the app is “new” why is it already on version 5?

  6. Brian says:

    “The knowledge that one can just stop and swipe a bank card at any public station to get a boost is what we really need, and over time we imagine that will happen.”

    I’m not sure what the situation is where you live, Mark. I’ve used EVGo stations in Albany NY and through New England. They all had credit card readers, the same as a typical gas pump. No membership required. Non-members payed $1 extra for the convenience, but that’s fair enough, is it not? It costs EVGo more to run a credit card transaction than to bill your pre-paid account.

    So I agree, this is where we need to go. And around here, EVGo is already there.

    1. TP says:

      Older EVgo stations that are CHAdeMO only tend to not take credit cards. But the newer units that have CHAdeMO + CCS and look like large refrigerators seem to have credit card swipe built-in.

  7. Bret says:

    I’ve been talking about the limitations of membership charging networks ever since I got my LEAF. I’m glad somebody else has finally brought this up.

    I belong to three big charging networks, EVgo, Blink and ChargePoint. But, I’ve been stymied trying to recharge from other networks.

    Every charging station should have a credit card reader, period. If they have to charge a small ATM fee that is understandable. Most gas stations do and nobody has a problem with it.

  8. mzs.112000 says:

    App does not work on rooted phones…

    1. vdiv says:

      So does EVgo really want us to use the app or what?

    2. vdiv says:

      Can temporarily disable the superuser app (i.e. SuperSU) through the app’s settings before running EVgo, then reenable it when done/needed. Some Android distros have superuser integrated, look in the main settings.

  9. wavelet says:

    “Seen any gas stations you need to be a member of to pump gas lately?” Actually, such stations do exist here — a network belonging to an rural settlements union, and offer cheaper prices than conventional stations (by being completely no-frills: All their stations are unattended, no air pumps etc..)

    That said, most other gas-station chains do offer benefits for members (discounts on their convenience-store items etc.), so I expect charging stations to eventually adopt similar practices: Everyone can use them without membership, but members get better deals.

    1. Brandon says:

      I believe you’re on to something there…

  10. Paula says:

    This is so obviously a mail-dominated scene. For years I grabbed my car key & credit card to pump gas, locking my car while I refueled. Now I fumble with various cards/tags/phone depending on the station owner. I even have a mini clip board of notes to help me remember what I need for the different stations. I’d like to have a single device attached to my key fob– that would be ideal.

  11. Paula says:

    P.S. Ha ha. I meant male-dominated!
    Is there anyone out there in the consumer world that knows what CRM stands for? It’s in the headline, but not referred to anywhere that I can see in the article. If this is going to be mainstream, maybe there needs to be some standard consumer-friendly language that means something to the mainstream consumer, instead of industry texts that seem to exclude the rest of the world from knowing what your literature is talking about. As far as I can tell, the writer is talking about a phone app. In my profession, we use many acronyms (i.e. SED, F&P, RTI, APPR), but we would never fail to communicate what those stand for in the context of our professional writing. Sorry for the rant, but if you’re thinking about what drivers need, let’s make it easier–not harder.

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