Digital Charging Solutions (DCS) has started a cooperation with Volvo Cars. Through this partnership, Volvo Cars customers will access over 590 000 charging points in Europe. The joint offer is scheduled to be launched in November.
Through the cooperation, users of an all-electric Volvo model will have access to the charging points that DCS manages in its roaming network. The charging process works via the Volvo Cars app, and a white-label solution from DCS – a corresponding RFID card will also be available. Billing via Plug&Charge with automatic authentication will also be offered if the vehicle supports it. This is currently the case with the EX90.
The DCS platform comprises a network of more than 1 000 CPOs (charging point operators), representing some 590 000 public charging points in 30 European countries.
According to the statement, customers can also control the charging process remotely via the Volvo app. There will also be “clear and up-to-date price information” in the app and the car’s navigation system.
In the DCS roaming network, there are no uniform kWh prices. These can vary depending on the operator of the respective charging point, which will also be displayed in the vehicle’s navigation system.
In addition, “subscription offers for public charging that allow customers to take advantage of preferential prices at high-performance charging stations” are announced.
Volvo clients can also create a business account for VAT and billing purposes for professional users.
All clear by December
The cooperation started on the 16th of October and will be gradually extended to 30 markets by the end of November. The offer is valid in combination with the new EX30 and EX90 and for existing customers of the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric and C40 Recharge Pure Electric. Volvo Cars had previously handled its charging offer through cooperation with Plugsurfing.
“Our focus remains on our customers and their needs when driving an all-electric Volvo product,” says Julia Sandén, Business Owner for Charging at Volvo Cars. “Accessing even more public charging stations than before through a single app allows our customers to take longer trips with ease thanks to these new, accessible improvements.”
Markus Bartenschlager, CCO at Digital Charging Solutions, added: “We are very excited about our new partnership with such a strong OEM and established brand as Volvo Cars, which is pursuing the transition toward 100% electrification. By the end of the year, Volvo customers across Europe will benefit from our ever-expanding public charging network of over 590 000 charging points.”