The question of how electric vehicle drivers will pay for charging outside of their home or immediate network has many answers. At the moment, it doesn’t really matter, as most charging happens at home, and many companies that have installed a charger for their employees pick up the tab.
But if EVs and plug-in hybrids are taken up by mass market, that will change. In an effort to think ahead, General Electric Energy’s Industrial Solutions group announced an agreement between its WattStation EV charging platform and PayPal.
The WattStation Connect mobile app will allow customers to pay for EV charging through PayPal. This would allow municipalities and other public charging stations to provide charging without picking up the cost of providing the energy or setting the pricing structure; however, they want end-customers to be able to use their mobile app to make the payment.
“Simplicity and convenience are key to mass adoption of any new technology, something we know well at PayPal,” Scott Dunlap, vice president of emerging opportunities at PayPal said in a statement. “Together with GE Energy’s Industrial Solutions business, we’ve made recharging your electric vehicle easier than filling a gas tank. We are pleased to be a part of this important initiative.”
Drivers would open their app and scan the quick response, or QR, code on the WattStation charger. The QR code is essentially a newfangled version of a barcode. The QR code identifies the charger and then processes the payment through PayPal.