In the times of COVID-19, there has been an upsurge in the use of the contactless bank card payment method. Small businesses and other enterprises that have opted for plastic money to avoid physical contact and the risk of contagion have joined the list of establishments where it was already customary to pay by card. Along these lines, Circontrol will include a contactless payment system at its chargers, offering a convenient and universal user experience with no need to download mobile apps or fill in registration forms.
The contactless payment system had already been implemented in the United Kingdom, with close to 400 fast chargers fitted with integrated payment to high acclaim in terms of their user experience. Circontrol's contactless payment is easy, quick and highly convenient: connect the car, charge, and pay by phone or credit/debit card without having to enter the card PIN, provided the transaction does not exceed the payment limit which, as a result of COVID-19, has been increased in most countries.
It is hoped that this measure increases the use and boosts the installation of electric vehicle charging stations, especially DC fast-charging stations, which can charge 80% of an EV’s battery in 30 minutes, for an amount not exceeding the contactless payment limit. In Spain, the price of fast charging ranged between €0.30/kWh and €0.49/kWh in January, depending on the charging network.
This project will enable cards from the likes of Visa, Mastercard, and American Express to be used for payment. At present, at most charging stations, the user is required to download a mobile app or register with a service that provides a card to make the payment. The use of charging stations will be made easier through integrated payment since users can pay for the service by simply waving their contactless card or phone over the terminal.
Payment Experience With the Integrated System At a Circontrol Charger in the UK
Circontrol is a company founded in 1997 with headquarters in Viladecavalls (Barcelona). Its parking division designs and manufactures a global solution for efficient parking (guidance system, LED Lighting, energetic efficiency). Its emobility division manufactures a wide range of EV charging solutions that cover all market needs: domestic charge, slow charge (AC), and quick charge (DC).
Circontrol has a strong presence in the international market, where 80% of its sales are allocated. Nowadays you can find Circontrol solutions in 52 countries with 30.000 charging points and 400.000 parking spaces managed with CirPark systems. Service is also very important for Circontrol, this is the reason why bet on a qualified aftersales service and constant training for Circontrol partners are in the company’s DNA.