Spanish Start-Up Making it Safer to Charge Electric Vehicles

Electric scooters lined up in Malaga.

Place to Plug, a Spanish start-up, has launched a first-of-its-kind new platform that guarantees access to ad-hoc charging for all electric vehicle drivers.

As the number of electric vehicles grows in Spain, demand for charging points is increasing and drivers want to be able to use them and make payments securely.

Josep Cester, COO of Place to Plug, said compliance with European legislation regarding privacy in accessibility to charging stations, is key to customer confidence.

“The electric vehicle is one of the most effective tools in this new era to start controlling CO2 emissions and other pollutants produced by transport activity, both public and private, and meets the goal of decarbonising the economy, the most important challenge facing us in the 21st century,” he said.

“After all, the transport electrification is a key and fundamental element in achieving the stringent emission targets set by Europe and included in the European Climate Law,” he added.

Place to Plug has activated a new feature to provide users easy access to ad-hoc charging by scanning a QR code where the user can choose between three different registration options: download the app for free, login with an already registered user or continue as a guest user.

This initiates the vehicle charging in private mode, by selecting the third option and adding the payment method, so that whenever the user wants to stop charging, can continue their journey without their details being viewed by a third party.

Thanks to this improvement, the user has the possibility to perform an ad-hoc charge without the need to enter into a data transfer contract either with the charging point operator or with Place to Plug as an e-mobility service provider.

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Deirdre Tynan

Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.


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