POD Point Kills RFID Cards And Launches Open Charge
BMW i3 at POD Point charging station
POD Point, a British charging station manufacturer and charging network operator, announced the death of RFID cards as a way to access charging.
Their new approach "Open Charge" relies on a free mobile phone app to set charging of connected EV.
Of note: If anyone reading this has ever attempted to source RFID enabled chargers for commercial use, than they already realize the costs on these units are much, much higher than having a connected app control the unit.
But that's not telling the whole story as there are 15 minutes free charging capability for anyone who connects an electric car. You will need to use the app to set free or paid charging service only if you want to charge beyond the first free 15 minutes.
POD Point boasts that this is a cool emergency feature, because you don't need to have RFID card or mobile phone to charge for a while, and you don't even need to be member of the network.
"After extensive research with EV drivers to work out how we improve charging in the UK, three things are really clear:
- Drivers want charging to be simple with no memberships and access cards.
- Customers and drivers want ultra reliable charge points.
- As the industry moves to a charging tariff, everyone wants that to be simple and accessible to all.
So POD Point are pleased to announce that RFID cards are dead to us. All of our new charge points will no longer need RFID cards to function and our drivers no longer need to carry a wallet full of different membership cards."
Older RFID charging stations still will be available, but the company will stop issuing them and intends to focus on installing Open Charge stations. Already dozens of Open Charge POD Points were installed and 1,000 more are expected over the next year in UK.
More on the POD Point Open Charge and video:
"POD Point Open Charge
- An intuitive mobile phone app that means our chargers are available to everyone, with no membership ties or monthly payments.
- A full range of Solo and Twin charge points that are simple to use:
- Plug in and the charge starts immediately. No waiting for one of the RFID cards to work.
- Drivers then have a 15 minute window to access the POD Point Open Charge web or mobile apps to confirm their charge. Time to get inside out of the rain, or get into an area where you have signal.
- Return to the car and unplug.
- We have even tackled the issue of cables being trapped, as they are now released from the car’s control panel when the car is not charging.
- We have increased the reliability of Open Charge POD Points significantly.
- As the chargers start charging immediately, drivers will always have a 15 minute emergency charge, even if they have no mobile phone with them.
- The units also fail in favour of the drivers, so if they fail to communicate then the charging continues anyway.
- If a host site chooses to set a tariff to charge, the mobile phone app supports ‘pay as you go’.
- Drivers use the app in the same way as an Oyster card, with each charge being deducted from their balance.
- Chargepoint tariffs will be shown on our live availability map if it is publicly accessible."