Electrify America rolls out a 'plug and pay' charging system

The 2021 Porsche Taycan and Lucid Air are among the first Plug & Charge EVs.

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Electrify America is looking to simplify the payment process at its charging stations. The company has rolled out a system called Plug & Charge, which can automatically take care of payment when you connect a compatible electric vehicle.

Electrify America now has more than 500 charging stations across the US, with more than 2,200 individual chargers. Plug & Charge is now available at all of those chargers ahead of compatible EVs hitting the road. The system is based on the ISO 15118 standard and it authenticates payments through vehicle-to-grid communications.

Details about Plug & Charge emerged in early 2019. At the time, Electrify America revealed plans to roll out the tech to all of its charging stations by the end of that year, so it's a bit behind schedule.

The first EVs that support the system are the 2021 Porsche Taycan, Ford Mustang Mach-E and Lucid Air, all of which will arrive in the coming months. It’s likely that support for Plug & Charge support will come to other EVs later.