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"Pay With PlugShare" Launches on the World's Largest EV Charging Station Network


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VENICE, CA and BETHESDA, MD--Oct. 1, 2013: Recargo Inc., electric vehicle software and information services company has partnered with SemaConnect, a national leader in electric vehicle charging stations to launch a new public charger payment solution. "Pay With PlugShare" has been engineered to be the easiest and most universal public charging system currently available, and will operate seamlessly under PlugShare, the most widely used app to find a place to charge and now to pay for your charge. Pay With Plugshare will be available at more than 300 SemaConnect charging stations in the United States and Canada.

Both companies want drivers to be able to plug in at public stations with efficiency and ease. Pay With PlugShare solves the current dilemma of proprietary payment, extra fees, and members-only charging. The service combines finding the best place to charge for every driver's unique plug-in needs, while accessing the world's largest charging network, with a payment solution built into the same app. Since the payment method only needs a smartphone and doesn't require membership costs and prepaid subscriptions, and RFID tokens or phone calls, this process is more reliable and cost effective for drivers to charge.

"We heard from drivers and charging networks who want to make paying for charging as easy as we've made finding a place to charge. We thought if it's possible to pay for a parking meter with a credit card, why not the same for a charging station?" said Brian Kariger, CEO of Recargo Inc. "We are pleased to launch Pay With PlugShare with SemaConnect and finally give drivers a simple solution to charging payment. Ultimately, we want the industry to thrive and our service to encourage EV adoption by providing the smoothest plug-in experience for all."

Pay With PlugShare was designed to easily integrate with any charging network so the driver experience is always easy and fast. The platform is currently available with iOS and will soon be available with Android this winter. Visa, MasterCard, and Discover are all accepted; credit card and customer data is stored securely.

"Our focus has been on building sophisticated charging stations that are simple to use and incredibly reliable with the best user interface possible, so partnering with PlugShare was a natural fit," said Mahi Reddy, CEO and Founder of SemaConnect. "We want to define a higher standard for the charging experience based on quality, not quantity, for all electric vehicle drivers."

As the highest reviewed, most downloaded and most used app serving over 60% of EV drivers, PlugShare aims to satisfy the plug-in community's needs. Additional PlugShare features include:

Browse, search, and filter the world's largest database of charging stations Check-in, review, add tips and photos about charging location experience Contact PlugShare members via app, phone or SMS to coordinate charging Share electricity from home EV plug or domestic outlet with other EV owners Plan trips and get directions to outlets or charging stations via Google Maps™ Share charging station links using Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter Get notifications when a new charging station is installed nearby Stations display a PlugScore rating to show drivers which locations the driver will likely have the best experience.

The Pay With PlugShare platform has been designed to be charging network neutral and scalable from the ground up. Networks providing fee based public charging can add Pay With PlugShare functionality easily while maintaining direct control over pricing and their infrastructure. To match the needs of different networks - Pay With PlugShare can be linked with their existing payment infrastructure or can leverage PlugShare's e-commerce infrastructure. Additionally, Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) Support will be rolled out before the end of 2013 allowing Networks that have invested in OCPP to leverage their existing technology. "SemaConnect has been an ideal launch partner for Recargo. Working together we were able to integrate Pay With PlugShare into SemaConnect's exisiting APIs in a matter of weeks not months," said Forrest North, Recargo COO.

Recargo and SemaConnect are dedicated to moving the EV industry forward and supporting the needs of drivers by providing the most convenient public charging experience. Enabling Pay With PlugShare equips EV drivers with the necessary tools to find and access charging easily.