Volvo Cars will offer its Recharge electric vehicle (EV) customers comprehensive and easy access to public charging. It aims to do so by continuously lowering charging costs, improving the charging experience and expanding its charging networks.
Through a partnership with charging point platform Plugsurfing, Volvo will offer its customers a reduced charging rate at Ionity charging points across Europe. From 1 July, Volvo electric car drivers will pay 0.35 EUR/kWh (£0.30/kWh) at Ionity’s more than 340 high-power charging stations across 24 European countries, during the first year of ownership of a pure electric Volvo car.
Olivier Loedel, head of electrification ecosystem at Volvo Cars, said: “We are excited to offer our customers one of the most competitive prices for charging at Ionity, one of Europe’s largest public fast-charging networks.
“This collaboration is a first step in our global ambition to help our customers of Recharge cars travel quickly at a much lower charging cost, wherever they are.”
Tatu Kulla, Plugsurfing CEO, said: “The bottom line is that customers want easy access to public charging infrastructure. Price and quality of digital infrastructure are key aspects of an excellent user experience.”
For a seamless charging experience, Volvo Cars will soon make its refreshed Volvo Cars app, one consolidated digital charging platform. It will integrate navigation to charging stations, remote control of charging, charging notifications and payments to make charging easy and convenient.
Loedel added: “Volvo Cars aims to change the current fragmented public charging landscape into an all-in experience that is convenient and hassle-free. We want to achieve this by providing an integrated digital charging platform for our customers, and easy access to the largest charging networks globally.”