Business associations have vehemently spoken out against compulsory card readers at public charging stations for electric cars. “Outdated technologies” such as EC card terminals are a step backwards, which cause additional costs for users and slow down the pace of innovation, according to an appeal published on Thursday 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 . First the “world” reported about it.
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,” Karl-Peter Schackmann-Fallis, executive board member of the German Savings Banks and Giro Association (DSGV), told the German Press Agency.
“Anachronism like phone calls”
On Friday next week, the Federal Council will vote on a revised charging station ordinance presented by the federal government. 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.” Electric mobility is no different. “EC card terminals as an expensive back-up payment option will no longer be needed by anyone in 2030. They will then be an anachronism like telephone hissing today as a back-up for smartphone users.”
It goes on to say: “We want a high level of innovation in electric mobility services, an unchecked expansion of the charging infrastructure and inexpensive, simple solutions for electric mobility 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 requirements for card readers should be dispensed with in the charging column ordinance. (dpa / swi)
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