Charging infrastructure provider Allego has launched a global scheme for contactless payment. The first such charging station opened in London today, where Allego works with Shell. A newly developed and certified standard enables payment via EMV (Europay, Mastercard, Visa) with just a touch (NFC).
Today’s opening marks the start of what is to become a global rollout of their contactless payment scheme for which Allego managed to get all mighty and necessary partners on board. Anja van Niersen, CEO Allego, mentioned Visa in particular that helped “accelerate the deployment of the payment services”.
The new system has undergone certification and follows the security standard EMV that stands for Europay, Mastercard and Visa. It works via Near Field Communication (NFC) technology meaning electric car drivers pay by just tapping their debit card, credit card or mobile phone when using Apple Pay or Google Pay at the charger’s built-in payment terminal.
The first station opened at Shell Holloway in London with the technology then being introduced across the Shell Recharge network in the UK. As from 2019 every new 50kW charger from Allego will have standard NFC at installation.
Allego is owned by French Meridiam, an infrastructure investment firm. Established in 2013, Allego’s portfolio addresses local authorities, private companies and transport firms. They are active in six European countries and installed more than 8,000 charging points so far. Their latest project will see Allego set up a high-power charging (HPC) network called MEGA-E. It includes the installation of 322 ultra-fast charging stations and 27 so-called e-charging hubs throughout Europe and aims to connect metropolitan areas and to enable continuous fast-charging in more than 20 countries. This April, the Mega-E project received 29 million euros in funding through the European Union. Initially set up together with Fortnum, Allego is now leading the initiative alone.
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