Car and other industry associations do not believe in card readers on charging stations

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Business associations and the auto industry have vehemently spoken out against mandatory card readers at public charging stations for electric cars. “Obsolete technologies” such as EC card terminals are a step backwards, which cause additional costs for users and slow down the pace of innovation, is the title of an appeal published today by the Federal Association of Energy and Water Management, the Association of the Automotive Industry and the Central Association of the Electrical and Electronics Industry.

The banking industry, on the other hand, insists on open payment systems at public charging stations for electric cars. “In the interests of consumers, you have to be able to pay at every charging station with the card you have in your wallet,” said Karl-Peter Schackmann-Fallis, executive board member of the German Savings Banks and Giro Association (DSGV) German press agency. “Electromobility will only be accepted if paying is as simple as at the bakery next door or when refueling.” The banking industry already has consumer protection on its side.

The Federal Council will vote on a revised charging station ordinance presented by the federal government on Friday next week. According to this, operators of publicly accessible charging points should offer contactless payment with at least one common debit or credit card. This should apply to all new charging stations that go into operation from July 1, 2023.

The appeal of the three associations says: “From online trading to social networks to the workplace. In 2030, digital solutions will be the rule and not the exception in all areas of life.” Electromobility is no different. “In 2030, no one will need EC card terminals as an expensive back-up payment option. They will then be an anachronism like telephone booths today as back-up for smartphone users.” As early as May 2021, the associations had clearly positioned themselves against this point in the draft law.

It also says: “We want a high level of innovation in electromobility services, an unchecked expansion of the charging infrastructure and inexpensive, simple solutions for electromobility enthusiasts.” That can only be done digitally.

“We therefore call on the federal government and the federal states to support this path. Clear the way for digital, mobile and simple charging.” Mandatory specifications for card readers should be dispensed with in the charging station ordinance.


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