Fastned introduces card-free charging

With Autocharge, charging sessions are started directly after plugging in an EV

Amsterdam, 17th of October 2017. Today, Fastned started the roll out of Autocharge. With Autocharge, charging starts directly after the user has plugged in the vehicle at a Fastned station. There’s no more need for an app or a charge card. The charging station recognises the car, which makes charging faster, easier and safer. Today the roll out started with a small group of users. Within a few weeks, Fastned expect Autocharge to be available for all Fastned customers on all Fastned stations.

Autocharge works with a unique car identifier which is transmitted to the fast charger. After a one time registration, Fastned can recognise the vehicle. A charging session can thus be automatically credited. All EVs with a CCS fast charging port can use Autocharge.

“Charging an EV should be both simpler and faster. This includes automatically starting charging sessions and billing them. Especially for car sharing projects, Autocharge offers a great solution. Just plug in the car and it works.”

Michiel Langezaal, CEO Fastned

Open standards

The Autocharge function was developed in the wider community of charging companies, in response to questions by users to simplify the authorisation and payment method. Autocharge is part of the CCS fast charging protocol, and is an open standard which can be used by all operators of fast charging stations. Fastned is committed to open standards and is already using with OCPP and OCPI standards for charging transactions.

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About Fastned

Fastned is building a European network of fast-charging stations where all electric cars can charge as fast as possible with 100% renewable energy. The stations are located at high traffic locations along the highways and in cities, where EVs can charge in approximately 20 minutes. Fastned’s goal is to build a European network of one thousand fast charging stations. This will give electric drivers the freedom to drive across Europe. As of today, Fastned has 85 stations operational in The Netherlands and Germany. Fastned is preparing the construction of fast charging stations in The Netherlands, Germany, The United Kingdom and Belgium. Fastned is listed on the Nxchange stock exchange.

Fastned is rolling out its network of fast charging stations in response to the rapidly increasing numbers of EVs in Europe. Car manufacturers are investing billions of Euros in the development of, and production capacity for, EVs. More and more EVs are hitting the roads, which drives the need for charging infrastructure. For more information go to