- Silicon Valley-based ChargePoint adds PayPal option to its EV charging stations
- Decision affects roughly 9,000 ChargePoint locations across the country
- PayPal gives electric-vehicle drivers a faster and easier way to pay
The nationwide charging-station provider ChargePoint has added PayPal electronic payments to its list of offerings. Going forward, electric vehicle (EV) drivers who use ChargePoint stations can bill the transaction to their PayPal accounts. The partnership builds on the existing relationship between ChargePoint and PayPal, which has already installed 34 ChargePoints at its San Jose headquarters for employees and visitors.
ChargePoint notes that over half of its 19,000 stations are free, with many companies, municipalities and other operators providing charging stations as a goodwill service to their constituents. Other stations charge a fee for dispensing energy, just like paying for gas at a gas station. When there’s a fee, drivers can now enter their PayPal username and password prior to charging up, and the electricity cost will be automatically charged to the connected PayPal account. Previously, a credit-card transaction was the default method of payment.
What it means to you: Many of us are familiar with the hassle-free convenience of PayPal transactions, whether on e-commerce websites or via forward-looking service providers such as Uber. Now you can enjoy the same convenience every time you charge your EV with ChargePoint.