The Nissan Charge App developed by Nissan and Plugsurfing enables electric car drivers to charge at over 100,000 charging points throughout Europe. The service that includes navigation and charge management first launches in Italy and Germany before successively covering other markets.
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For now, the Nissan Charge App is available in Germany and Italy. The service will be introduced gradually in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Great Britain, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia.
The app is designed to offer the usual functions of a charging app: Users can use various filters to find a suitable charging station, navigate their way to the station, and start or stop the charging process using the app. There is also a community function with which users can provide feedback and ratings for charging stations, which should improve route planning for other users.
“Nissan Charge is the next step in making owning an electric car even better,” says Helen Perry, Head of Electric Vehicles at Nissan Europe. “By connecting users with the charging network, it gives users all the charging information they need at their fingertips.”
However, not everyone can use this service: according to Nissan and Plugsurfing, the app is only open to Leaf drivers, not e-NV200. When registering, the vehicle’s chassis number must also be entered, which excludes use by outside customers.
It remains to be seen how much precisely the service will cost the Leaf drivers. Plugsurfing only speaks of “flexible payment options and competitive prices”. Besides, the app should also be able to select charging stations at Nissan dealerships “which offer drivers their own stations at attractive prices,” according to Plugsurfing.
The Berlin-based startup also entertains cooperations with Kia and Jaguar in Europe to name but a few. Founded in 2012 in Berlin, Plugsurfing was acquired by the Finnish charging infrastructure operator Fortum in March 2018.
Update 28 November 2019: The Nissan Charge app developed in collaboration with Plugsurfing, is now available in other European countries. After it was only available in Germany and Italy for the launch in October, five new countries have just been added: France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Denmark and Sweden.
Source: via email, nissannews.com (update)
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