28 May '13, 1pm

User-Friendly Payment Options For EV Charging Needed, Notes Frost & Sullivan

Research firm Frost & Sullivan said insufficient infrastructure has been the main dampener for the wider adoption of electric vehicles (EV), with user concerns revolving around the insufficient number of charging stations across a widespread area and cumbersome methods of authentication and payment. The research firm stated the implementation of user-friendly authentication and payment systems will go a long way in improving EV uptake. Currently, the most common method of authorizing access to charging stations is the membership model. EV drivers register with charging station networks provided by specific utilities. For an initial deposit and/or monthly charges, registered users are issued radio frequency identification (RFID) cards that can be used to authenticate and initiate charging at a station. Frost & Sullivan remarked this subscription-based model is popular among...

Full article: http://www.hybridcars.com/user-friendly-payment-options-f...

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