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Fastned rolls out card-free EV charging

The Fastned fast charging network is introducing a new ‘Autocharge’ solution that enables charging sessions to start directly after plugging in an electric vehicle.

Fastned city station Den Hague

Fastned city station Den Hague

Developed in response to requests for a simplified authorisation and payment method, Autocharge negating the need for an app or a charge card by enabling charging to start directly after the user has plugged in the vehicle at a Fastned station and also providing automatic billing.

Open to all electric vehicles with a CCS fast charging port, the solution uses a unique car identifier which is transmitted to the fast charger, following a one-time registration. The unique car identifier is communicated from the EV through the CCS protocol without the need for an additional device.

Autocharge is currently in operation with a small group of users and is expected to roll out across the Fastned network within a few weeks.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.