Several states now plan to require credit card readers on public chargers


In California, a controversial plan to require credit card readers on all public charging stations has generated a lot of pushback from the industry. Charging network operators, hardware manufacturers and other stakeholders say that installing and maintaining the readers would impose excessive costs on what is already a very low-margin business, and point out that, with the rise of new methods of payment such as smartphone apps, credit cards are beginning to look like yesterday’s technology.

Now we learn that a number of other states have imposed, or are considering imposing, similar requirements.

In Vermont, the Agency of Commerce and Community Development has implemented a requirement for credit card readers at DC fast charging projects that receive funding through the state’s Dieselgate settlement with Volkswagen. The application for a grant specifies that “The station has the capability to process a credit card through either a chip or swipe reader.”

In Nevada, the Governor’s Office of Energy (GOE) has also implemented a requirement for credit card readers on all DC fast charging projects funded through the VW settlement.

Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM), a nonprofit association of air quality agencies that represents 8 Northeastern states, is considering whether to issue a recommendation that all member states require credit card readers at publicly funded EV charging stations.

The latter effort appears to be at the proposal/recommendation stage at the moment, so there’s still time for interested parties to contact the relevant agencies and comment on the issue.

Editor’s note: This article originally stated that Vermont and Nevada were considering credit card reader requirements, and was amended when we were told that these requirements have now been implemented.

Sources: Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy, NESCAUM

  • Scott D

    Sounds like the credit card processors feel left out!

  • Dave_SRQ

    It seems obvious that the uber transaction model makes much more sense than the gas station transaction model. Do we really want to give skimmers another opportunity to steal credit card information? When will we ever stop doing dumb stuff?

  • 1337Warez

    All this does is add cost and put a damper on more charging investment. Are credit card readers really more important than having more overall charging infrastructure? I’d rather have a lot more charging points in my community and have to use a few different apps than use a less secure physical credit card for payment. Plug-n-charge is going to render all of this useless anyway.

    I guess they mean well, but they’re clearly not on the forefront of where payment tech is going. SO misguided.

  • sickofgovwaste

    Government could screw up a one-car funeral–and they’re the “gift” that keeps on giving!

  • disqus_a7g1Xv9Yt7

    It seems like the majority of people on EV forums really dislike this idea if it means the possibility of reducing the number of charging stations. Don’t they people sponsoring this legislation pay attention to feedback from their constituents?