Electric driving


Whether plugging in nearby or en route, there are plenty of public charging options. Learn more about choosing the right operator and accessing a large charging network.

Whether plugging in nearby or en route, there are plenty of public charging options. Learn more about choosing the right operator and accessing a large charging network.

As electric cars become mainstream, a growing number of governments and businesses have decided to install public charging points. Next to dedicated operators, towns and cities, energy companies, supermarkets and even traditional oil companies are all getting in on the game, giving EV drivers many opportunities to top up their batteries. As a result, there are now over 375,000 charging points in Europe, with more being added all the time.

In general, public charging points require an authentication card (or app) to work. You will only need one or two of these cards if you choose common operators in the areas you frequent. Online charging maps can help you do so, and it’s also worth noting that the bigger names in the business will have coverage abroad.

An RFID card (or tag) is generally what’s used to authenticate the use of a public charging point. These cards are issued by a charging point operator or a charge card provider that offers access to multiple operators. The data on an RFID card can be linked to a personal account to keep track of charging sessions and receipts. Most operators also provide a charging app that combines authentication, payment and charging history.

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