- Mar 9, 2021
- Reaction score
- Bay Area, CA
- Mach-E, Nissan, BMW
The industry should standardize on charging. What exists now is an embarrassment for our computer age and it can't be scaled to millions of EVs they plan for the future.I wish I could simply go into my EA account and enter my VIN and have P&G work without needing Ford in the middle of it. That solves the discount issue and lets me charge multiple EVs with one account.
GM does it very differently, but does not yet support P&G. In MyChevrolet app I can link that app to my ChargePoint and EVGO apps, then initiate the charge. The billing is then direct with EVGO and ChargePoint, not via GM. Since I have two EVs from different manufacturers, I see no advantage of going through the OEM to provide billing.
There should be no need to do anything at the charging station other than connecting the car. There is no need to push buttons, or even having a display, or using any of those poorly written apps. There isn't any reason to require having a phone and internet connection in the first place.
A car can communicate with the connected charger, set up all parameters and use predefined payment methods. If there is any need to communicate with the driver it should be done using the car display.