The Car Charging Group has announced that it will introduce kWh-based pricing on charging stations in its Blink Network in states where such pricing models are permitted. 12 states, including California, New York and Florida, plus the District of Columbia, currently allow the energy-based pricing model.
With kWh pricing, EV drivers pay fees based on the actual amount of energy consumed during a charging session, rather than the amount of time that the car is plugged in. Fees for Level 2 EV chargers will range from $0.39 to $0.79 per kWh, depending on the state and the customer’s membership status. Fees for DC fast chargers will range from $0.49 to $0.69 per kWh.
CarCharging has also introduced a couple of other new features, including the ability to start a charging session remotely, and more flexible pricing options for station owners. Blink stations that participate in specific promotions or programs, such as Nissan’s No Charge to Charge, will now be noted on the participating station’s screen.
“Since the acquisition of the Blink Network last year, we have been looking forward to expanding our offerings such as implementing kWh pricing, which is the only fair pricing methodology, and remote start functionality, as well as providing multiple pricing policy options for station owners, including kWh pricing and options for setting time-based increments” said Michael D. Farkas, CEO of CarCharging. “It is our goal to ensure that the Blink Network is the most state of the art, economical, easy to use, interoperable and open network for EV drivers, charging station manufacturers, property managers, and owners.”