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Noodoe University: EV Charging Payment Methods

Last Updated: February 20th, 2023 | EV Charging Management Platform

The rise of EVs has driven the demand for chargers, coinciding with the evolution of payment methods. So how do drivers pay for their charging sessions? Is it just the same way as filling our tanks with gas? Not necessarily. Paying for a charging session has become exceptionally easy and convenient. 

Long gone are the days of paying with cash! Instead, customers now have access to a range of options when they pull up to the electrified “pump.” For charging station owners and operators, this is excellent news. Modern, connected EV chargers have the ability to collect revenue and deliver it to the station owner seamlessly. Here are the most common payment methods used by charging stations. It is different from paying for gas, and it might take some time to get used to, but you’ll soon find it worth it.

The Wide World of Payment Hardware ​

Mobile Applications

Many electric vehicle charging networks enable payments through their online services. The company’s app will allow you to set up a payment method and pay at the charger. There’s nothing wrong with paying through an app. Having a centralized place to track your charging and finances is useful. However, requiring it to start the charging session forces customers to download an app they may not need. Additionally, the app must be a component of the specific network in which the charger operates.

RFID Cards

Some electric vehicle charging networks opt for payment through a company-specific RFID card. Customers are able to load funds as they see fit and then use those funds to pay for EV charging services. The RFID card enables the driver to access a network-specific charger or network.
RFID cards are also suitable for private charging. For example, fleet operators may use RFID cards as part of their fleet charging solution. The card ensures that charging can only be accessed by authorized vehicles that are part of a fleet. In this situation, the benefit of RFID cards over an app allows flexibility, and the driver doesn’t need to register their smartphone to charge the company vehicle.

Contactless Payments

Another payment method that has become more familiar these past few years is contactless payment; it’s easy as scanning a QR code. Drivers follow the prompts shown in the web app to pay for their charging sessions. This method doesn’t require any network-specific app or subscription and has the advantage of enabling customers to pay using an e-wallet. Moreover, no hardware – such as a credit card reader – is required to process payments!
Using the Noodoe EV OS management console, the building’s accounting department can download transaction records covering every charging session by the member. Each transaction record will provide the information needed for the end-of-the-month billing.

Scan, Pay, Charge

Noodoe EV OS supports on-demand charging, without the need for subscriptions, apps, or hardware by using contactless payment. Drivers only need a smartphone to access consistent, and convenient EV charging services. They scan the QR code, select a payment method, and start charging instantly. It couldn’t be easier.

For EV charging station owners, this means that there are no cards to track, no apps to manage, and no hardware to keep up. Just the knowledge that everything works as it should with Noodoe!

The Bottom Line

There are several payment methods available to charging customers, many of which are network specific or solution-based.

Meanwhile, Noodoe strives to offer ease of use and convenience by providing user-centric solutions. While payment methods have evolved from the days of paying cash at a gas station, topping up can still be as easy, straightforward, and convenient as ever.

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