Sports car maker, Porsche, has introduced the “Porsche Charging Service”, a comprehensive digital platform for plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. Currently available in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium and Finland, this service searches for suitable charging stations and uses centrally stored data to handle the payment process, across multiple countries and currencies. The app is available at no charge, and with it, there is no longer a need to register separately with the various charging infrastructure operators.
The app provides real time information about the location and availability of charging stations, as well as the cost of charging. At the charging point, the user simply identifies him/herself either via the app-based QR code or with his/her Porsche ID card, which the user receives free of charge after registering for the service.
“In addition to fascinating vehicles, building a customer-friendly charging infrastructure is the key to achieving long-term success for electromobility”, said Detlev von Platen, Member of the Executive Board responsible for Sales and Marketing at Porsche AG. “With the Porsche Charging Service, we are offering our customers a central digital platform that simplifies every aspect of the charging process. As a result, it is even easier to integrate charging into everyday life.”
Porsche AG plans to eventually expand this service to include other countries from the end of 2018. In Germany, using the Porsche Charging Service costs EUR 2.50 per month, before the inclusion of the fees for the charging processes, which is dependent on the operator and the amount of electricity used to charge the vehicle.
The app is available for iOS and Android, and this service is, in principle, open to all drivers of plug-in hybrid or electric vehicles and not limited to Porsche vehicles. If you are frequently driving this sort of vehicle in the mentioned European countries, you can try it out. Users can register at www.porsche.com/connect-store.