Polestar, a Volvo Car Group and Zhejiang Geely Holding subsidiary, have joined forces with Plugsurfing, Europe’s largest charging network, have joined forces to improve the convenience of electric vehicle public charging, just ahead of the initial Polestar 2 customer delivery, which is the first fully electric, higher volume premium car from the brand.
With the partnership, the Plugsurfing app provides a convenient solution for over 195,000 compatible EV charging points found in Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK, which makes accessing and paying for electricity from public charging service providers easier. To aid, Google Maps is integrated and optimised for owners to ensure further peace of mind when the need to charge comes around.
Plugsurfing removes two major obstacles when travelling abroad. Foreign bank accounts and a need for local mobile phone numbers that can, and often, hinder the ability to charge in other countries.
An RFID tag will be supplied with every new Polestar 2 in Europe, which helps reduce the need for owners to have a number of apps, accounts and authentication processes that would normally be required when travelling and charging in each specific region. Register an account on Plugsurfing, fill out the default payment option, and you’re good to go. No need for multiple regional switching, you have everything in one place.
Polestars’ CEO, Thomas Ingenlath commented “This international European partnership with Plugsurfing is the first of these solutions and it paves the way for more partnerships which will also include national and local solutions”