Digital Charging Solutions (DCS) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) have developed a joint public charging service. My Easy Charge gives customers of the FCA Group’s BEV and PHEV models access to over 130,000 charging points in 21 European countries.
Fiat Chrysler currently offers the PHEV versions of the Renegade and Compass Jeep models in Europe, and the recently-premiered New Fiat 500 BEV that will soon follow. In addition, DCS says that the service is also to be offered to users of all future plug-in hybrid and electric models of FCA.
The service has been specially designed to be uncomplicated for customers with a single app and charging card. The interaction with all participating charging station operators is to take place via a central platform. The apps for iOS and Android also support an intelligent route planning function – once the charging station has been reached, the process can be started and billed directly via the app. The portal will also give customers access to account management as well as product and tariff information.
“If we want more and more people to choose electric and electrified cars, we must ensure a smooth experience for all of them, free of charging anxiety,” says Roberto Di Stefano, Head of e-Mobility at FCA. “For us, this means a further step on the road to a widespread and easy-to-use-electromobility and we are looking forward to our further cooperation,” adds Markus Bartenschlager, Managing Director of DCS.
DCS was founded in 2017 as a wholly-owned BMW subsidiary, and Daimler now also holds half of the shares since the merger of the mobility services. However, DCS is active beyond its own shareholders and also operates the e-tron charging service on behalf of Audi, for example.
With FCA, another OEM is now using BMW’s white label solution, which can be adapted to the respective customer like a construction kit. “This should enable the OEM to market his vehicle to the customer in the best possible way,” said Bartenschlager in an interview with our German site electrive.net. DCS now also operates its own charging service, Charge Now for Business, which is aimed at leasing providers, large companies and their fleet managers.
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