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 280,000 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.

Charging point operators may lack coverage in other cities or countries, making encounters with unfamiliar companies more common while travelling. To make life easier, each Polestar comes with a Plugsurfing card that allows you to use over 200,000 public charging points in the UK and across Europe, regardless of the operator. Download the app, activate your account, and charge away.

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As a Polestar driver, you can benefit from a reduced charging rate of 0,30 GBP per kWh by using your Plugsurfing card at an IONITY charging station. Available along motorways throughout Europe, IONITY’s high-power chargers can top up the battery in the time it takes to take a bio-break and rehydrate (or caffeinate). The offer is valid for 12 months, starting from the activation date of the Plugsurfing card. It applies to all European customers who order a Polestar 2 before December 31st, 2022.

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