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Electric Car charging station ChargePoint now allows PayPal

Published: October 30, 2014 | United States

ChargePoint is committed to providing the most convenient charging experience, electric vehicle (EV) drivers can sign up and pay for charging with PayPal. PayPal has long supported EVs and has installed 34 ChargePoint ports at their San Jose, California, campus for employees and visitors.

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ChargePoint stations are independently owned so businesses and individuals are free to set pricing however they prefer. Some station owners prefer to offer charging for free as an amenity or to attract visitors. Others set a price to cover costs or drive revenue. Over half of the 19,000 charging spots on the ChargePoint network are free. When there is a fee to use a station, drivers can pay with their ChargePoint account by adding their credit card. Now, drivers can also use PayPal to get a charge.

“With PayPal as a payment option, it’s even easier for drivers to plug in to a ChargePoint station. Combining the largest network for EV charging with a leader in digital payments means that more drivers can make the switch to electric.”Pasquale Romano, ChargePoint’s CEO

Both PayPal and ChargePoint are revolutionizing traditional industries so it makes perfect sense to pair the two. When asked for payment information, drivers can choose PayPal and will be directed to PayPal.com to enter their username and password. To start charging, drivers can use the ChargePoint mobile app or wave their ChargePoint card in front of the station’s card reader. The first time a driver accesses a station that requires a fee, a $25 deposit will be charged to their account and payment will be deducted from that deposit.

There are over 250,000 EVs on the road today, nearly double from a year ago. This growth is in large part due to the commitment from businesses like PayPal to offer EV charging stations on their campus.

Source: Charge Point

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