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Volvo integrates Plugsurfing into electric car smartphone app

Motoring Electric logo Motoring Electric 20/05/2022 John Redfern
Volvo Plugsurfing EV App © Provided by Motoring Electric Volvo Plugsurfing EV App

Drivers of electric Volvo cars will soon gain access to a wider choice of public charging points across Europe.

The Plugsurfing EV platform will be directly integrated into the Volvo Cars smartphone app.

Volvo says this will open-up more than 270,000 charging devices around the continent, with the added benefits of simplified use and payment.

A wider selection of EV chargers

Volvo Plugsurfing EV App © Provided by Motoring Electric Volvo Plugsurfing EV App

Plugsurfing was established in 2012, and serves more than 650,000 drivers in Europe. Its software works to connect car manufacturers, charging operators and EV owners. 

The Volvo Cars app is designed to show drivers the location of their closest EV charger, along with real-time information on availability. 

Integrating the Plugsurfing platform into the app will provide Volvo owners with a wider selection of chargers, including many rapid devices. 

Drivers can also pay for the use of public chargers directly through the app, rather than needing individual accounts. Volvo Cars app users already benefit from reduced costs when charging via the Ionity network.

Enabling drivers to make the EV switch

Volvo Plugsurfing EV App © Provided by Motoring Electric Volvo Plugsurfing EV App

Volvo has initially introduced the updated app to drivers in Italy and Switzerland. It will continue rolling out the new features to the majority of European markets between now and the end of 2022.

Arek Nowinski of Volvo said: “Creating premium fully electric products is only one part of a much wider ecosystem when it comes to enabling consumers to make the switch to a fully electric car. We recognise the frustration that many of our customers have in carrying around multiple cards and having to install different apps to access individual chargepoints. 

“By enhancing the mobile charging experience, we are supporting our customers across Europe in their own fully electric journey, which means access to more networks inside and outside their country of residence all through our digital platform: the Volvo Cars app.”

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