Amendment of the charging station regulation “an important and correct step”

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Amendment of the charging station regulation

Ingo Limburg, CEO of the German Payment Systems Initiative.V., explained in an interview with IT-Zoom why he welcomes the much-discussed amendment to the Charging Station Ordinance. “As the German payment systems initiative, we are primarily concerned with the hurdles that are currently associated with paying for the electricity you fill up with,” explains Limburg at the beginning of the interview.

He says that, according to a survey, more than 80 percent of future electric vehicles on electric car charges “as usual with girocard or credit card – are physically paying as a plastic card or digital in the smartphone -. For this purpose, the Federal Government and the Bundesrat have “created better framework conditions and acted in the interests of consumers” with the amendment to the Charging Station Ordinance.

His association “expressly” welcomes this decision, as Limburg believes that reservations about electric cars can also be dispelled. “Previously, consumers were confronted with many different and closed special systems when paying for ad hoc loads – i.e. precisely when things had to be done quickly,” he explains. The charged energy is often still paid for using these closed systems, e.g.B. via apps or RFID chips and cards that require prior registration and/or login. This “confusingness when paying” has so far deterred many people interested in e-mobility.

“If the e-mobility should start drive, then with a payment fund everyone knows and uses daily”

“That the shop works in particular on the way quickly, safe and straightforward,” is essential, so Limburg continues, and therefore the amendment of the charging column ordinance “an important and right step”. The new law requires that the operator of charging infrastructure at the ad hoc charge from July 2023 for newly established charging columns must offer a contactless payment by means of common debit and credit card as a minimum standards. Existing charging columns do not have to be retrofitted.

“If the e-mobility is to become everyday life, then must be put on the funds already used by consumers,” says Limburg, as it is otherwise Usus, “at the baker, the supermarket fund, on the snack machines or At normal fuel. […] Card payment is the payment fund of the here and now and if the e-mobility should start drive, then with a payment fund that everyone knows and uses daily.”

In addition to the freedom of choice when paying, it is also important when expanding the charging station infrastructure “that consumers are shown transparently what the kilowatt hour of electricity they fill up costs”. Limburg criticizes that this is often not the case with roaming and app-based payments. “Convenient and safe settlement of the fuel bill, just as drivers have been used to from conventional gas stations, should therefore become the standard.”

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10 thoughts on “Amendment of the charging station regulation “an important and correct step””

  1. How about alternatively with plug and pay?
    Otherwise, a coin clock can be set up next to it.
    If the die-hards are left behind the wheel, neither e-mobility nor the economy in our state will work.

  2. Basically, what he says is correct, but P. is missing&P, it simply be a legal standard that every pillar with a cash card can be paid as well as directly over the vehicle with a fixed protocol and you do not have to load with 20 apps and 5 tariff cards nevertheless first the next app because every provider is for the special Child holds and first have to hire his own confusion nonsense.

  3. If you want to have competition among the column operators, you also have to allow individual price models.

    All payment options using today’s EMPs (e.g.B. Maingau) basically prevent this competition. The customer can only choose the EMP. Since these do not take up every column, he then has the “chaos” that he does not know which card works.

    Then the customer can of course also take the CPO directly as a customer (SC network, EnBW, Ionity), but then competition is restricted again.

    The only possibility as a column operator (CPO without association) to get more customers at certain columns through lower prices is thus eliminated. Time-dependent tariffs are complicated anyway.

    Only the association-independent payment systems, such as.B. those mentioned here can enable competition between the individual pillars and, in principle, even additional options that are available locally (e.g.B. lower prices during the day due to local solar system).

  4. What I don’t understand is that everyone is talking about direct payment via debit/credit card as if it were the Middle Ages. I’ve been driving an electric car for a long time now, 8 years. 20 years ago we even had a lead battery car from Citroen. What bothers me is, on the one hand, that not every card works at every charging station, and on top of that, the roaming fees charged by the providers are actually medieval. That should be abolished. I don’t have to pay roaming fees at the Fossil gas station either. This is the biggest step backwards. But I understood that without roaming fees, the charging card providers would go bankrupt. I think then the charging card providers are medieval if the system itself doesn’t work. If not every card or APP works at every charging station, that’s also a step backwards and that’s why I prefer to stick with the most used payment methods and there is not the charging card provider who only accounts for 0.000000001% of the payment method. Plug and Charge is also a nice idea, but not with a charging card provider, but directly with a Mastercard or Visa that I store in the car, even depending on the user without roaming. That would be great. With my Zoe I can create users, why shouldn’t I store the payment method there. Very easily. But the current system is doomed to fail. Why build a market within the market. In simplicity lies the benefit of mobility. I agree with the article that you should first start with the means of payment that everyone uses and that is not the charging card or APP. Then you can build further possibilities around it. I think the law here in Germany that requires debit and credit cards to be used as standard means of payment is great. What do I do when I go to Switzerland or Austria, they are not that far yet ???

  5. Why not PuP?
    Why install a card reader in addition to the superfluous display. This is a step backwards.
    The champagne corks are popping at TESLA! Because the ionity column already costs about 8 times as much as a TESLA SC column.
    One case, one snagged cable and that was it. The existing intelligence in the car does the rest.
    The dinosaurs don’t want that in order to continue to have “freedoms” in internal work. Dieselgate 2.0, or what should the market in the market. Only TESLA is a system provider and will probably become even more successful.
    Germany, Autoland with the German TESLA….the rest also ran or chinese belifert, or?

  6. I think you should look at it differently. With a fast charger, a card reader is certainly okay and is already common today. I don’t see that on a regular charger. The individual charging point and charging process must be as cheap as possible and nobody wants to run to a payment machine first.

  7. Nice source of income for the manufacturers of these payment systems.

    Hardly anyone will use it because everyone has their own charging tariff, and it works via app or NFC charging card

    Hardly any use for the consumer, even more regulation and hurdles for potential providers of charging stations

    it does not prevent anyone who installs charging stations from offering EC payment. The fact that hardly anyone does this speaks for itself

  8. I know a lot of e-mobilists in my area. The “technical” talks always come back to payment methods. With a few exceptions, the prevailing opinion here is that the charging card payment method is preferred. A charge over P&Ch would also like to see her – but no one believes in it in the short term. The variant with EC card would hardly want to have one and pay by credit card is predominantly rejected.
    I personally have been driving electric for 2 years. During this time I loaded almost exclusively with a single charge card (MG). Unfortunately, due to the current development in pricing, this will now change. In the future I will be here in the same sphere of activity, at least. 2 charging cards and 1 app have to be used. I’ll probably put my preferred card (MG) aside then – too bad!

  9. Already 10 years ago Tesla introduced a system that is the most consumer-friendly. Plug in – done. Billing is based on the vehicle identification and the stored customer data. This is up to date.


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