De Bleeker: ‘EV charging pricing should be transparent’
State Secretary for Consumer Protection, Eva De Bleeker (Open Vld), wants to see more transparency about the cost of charging an electric vehicle. According to Belgian consumer law, consumers should know the exact price of a charging session at a public charger beforehand, which is not the case today. Prices for charging differ, depending on infrastructure, subscriptions, and other price elements.
The market for electric vehicles is growing and so is the charging infrastructure. Charging is easy, but the charging infrastructure does not provide clear information about the price composition. Apart from the price for charging, the total sum also often includes the parking fee, the start and administration cost, the price per minute…
Exact price indication
This means that most people don’t know the exact price of their charging session. They only know the exact price when they receive the bill by the end of the month. Unacceptable, according to De Bleeker.
“Prices should be clearly indicated and consumers should be able to pay immediately after charging. Price transparency not only strengthens the consumer’s position but also creates a fair playground for providers,” De Bleeker concludes.