Pod Point Making The Public Charging Network More Friendly – Video

DEC 19 2016 BY MARK KANE 8

Fully Charged recently visited Pod Point, one of the several leading charging network and charging station providers in the UK.

POD Point charging station

POD Point charging station

According to the interview with CEO Erik Fairbairn, the company has already delivered some 27,000 charging stations (of which, 2,500 are publicly available).

Of note on the topic of public charging and fees, Pod Points new units are RFIDless – no more cards, and the units start to charge immediately when you plug in, then the consumer has 15 mins to hop on their app and get the transaction (“claim” the charge cycle) underway.

Also charging fees and billing can vary by the charging location type (pay per evening in some places or per minutes in others instead kWh).

Erik Fairbairn also sees potential in smart charging – for example interruption of charging while electricity demand spikes for 2-3 minutes.

“Pod Point are a UK company specialising and innovating the way we charge electric cars.
During a recent visit to their head office I had a fascinating conversation with Erik Fairbairn, the CEO and founder of the company.”

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I don’t understand that article:

“then the consumer has 15 mins to hop on their app and get the transaction (“claim” the charge cycle) underway.” -> So you need a) a smartphone that they like (usually a few years old iOS or Android device, maybe also Windows Phone) and b) an internet connection (not always available) – instead of a simple RFID card, that could stay in the car unless it’s needed (like if multiple drivers).

So where’s the advantage? Or is it something like the Z.E. pass which works a very many chargers? -> https://www.renault.de/services/mobilitaet-und-servicevertraege/ZE-Pass.html


Likely the biggest advantage is that it removes much of the security requirements on the unit. No customer data, no credit card info, just a handshake and final kWh or time.

Nah, the *biggest* advantage is, 15 minutes of free charging. 😉

The advantage is that there is no need for cards or a card reader, which helps cut out cost.

Choice between:
(1) Card -> card reader -> EVSE Server App
(2) EVSE Server App
(They’ll want an App/website anyway for account management).

Going app-only eliminates the additional cost of including and maintaining the card readers, as well as the cost of distribution of cards. It also eliminates the security issues associated with RFID.

It’s possible that the app can’t access the servers, and that their telephone support is unreachable, but in that case, it suggests a central issue that could prevent the EVSEs from authenticating the customer.

Plus, the 15 minute window means that blips in access are not a problem and also means that the customer can be well away from the car if they can’t get good connectivity at the EVSE itself. But, if there’s no connectivity at the EVSE, how does the EVSE communicate with the servers?

If you have ever had problemS with a charging station (had a rfid card for that company) you can appreciate starting a charge and then working out the payment. Yes, the world is not perfect and there is always some way for things to go sideways but this idea is a step forward until we live in a perfect world.

Yeah, the British chargepoint is now, at least, quite a bit better than the american ChargePoint things we have here:

1). Rather delicate RFID CARDS which much be replaced on a regular basis.
2). non-functional CP rfid readers
3). ***BIGGEST TRBL***** CP cords won’t unlock.

Especially in cold, inclement weather, the last thing you want to do is fart around with the carging docking station, then to find out its impossible to get it working.

Seeing how trivially easy it is to buy gasoline these days, EV public charging will have to be made AT LEAST as easy.

This guy here gets it.. American charging groups: Not so much.

How much time is required to charge a basic ev vehicle at the “gas station”? I could see a long line up of vehicles waiting for charging?

The old model doesn’t work for BEVs.

You need to have “home” chargers either for each vehicle or only shared by a few, and then chargers for traveling.

Home charging can cover such a high proportion of miles that you should need no more on-the-road charging plugs then gas pumps, but with the advantage that fast chargers can easily be added in any commercial location.