Volvo Cars is set to integrate and consolidate electric vehicle (EV) charging and payment functions into the Volvo Cars smartphone app.
With the app, Volvo electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) owners will be able to find public charging stations around the world from a range of charging operators, get real-time information on charger availability and pay for their charging session. through a single interface, Volvo said.
In Europe, Volvo drivers can choose from more than 270,000 charging stations following the integration of Plugsurfing into the Volvo Car app, which enables cross-border access to charging across the continent, the manufacturer said.
Olivier Loedel, Head of Electrification Ecosystems at Volvo Cars, said: “Many of us know the frustration of having to navigate multiple apps and carry multiple cards for different charging operators.
“Our goal was to make life easier for our customers and to remove one of the main barriers preventing customers from switching to an electric car. With the Volvo Cars app, we will create a digital charging platform.
Thanks to Plugsurfing, drivers of Volvo electric cars benefit from special rates for the first 12 months when charging at IONITY stations across Europe, the manufacturer said.
It also said it was investing in public charging networks in strategically important areas across Europe with local partners.
Carwow recently attracted investment from Volvo Cars, which has taken a minority stake in the online car sales market through its venture capital arm, Volvo Cars Tech Fund.
Earlier this month, Volvo Car UK opened a new boutique-style showroom in the Brent Cross shopping center to showcase its new electric models.
Volvo’s retail strategy is to move 100% of its sales online as it transitions to a fully electric vehicle (EV) product line by 2030.