EV drivers using the West Coast Electric Highway charging network in Oregon and Washington now have another way to pay for charging. Recargo’s PlugShare mobile app now provides access to the network on a pay-per-charge basis at no additional cost.
Charging rates are: $4.00 per charge for Level 2 stations or $7.50 for DC fast chargers; or unlimited charging for $19.99 per month. Drivers still have the option to call network operator AeroVironment to pay for charging over the phone.
The West Coast Electric Highway, which includes AeroVironment 55 DC fast chargers and 59 Level 2 chargers, is a part of the West Coast Green Highway, which stretches along the I-5/Highway 99 corridor from British Columbia to Baja California.
“AeroVironment and PlugShare together are helping EV drivers charge easier and drive farther with this mobile pay-per-charge access to our network,” said AeroVironment VP Ken Karklin. “AeroVironment is committed to enhancing the charging experience for our customers and PlugShare’s in-app feature, Pay with PlugShare, will deliver smartphone access control of our charging stations to their fingertips.”
“This new mobile service makes it even easier and more convenient to access the West Coast Electric Highway,” said Tonia Buell of the Washington State Department of Transportation. “Thousands of electric vehicle drivers in the Pacific Northwest will benefit from the added payment option and EV-friendly services. The app makes it fast for drivers to tap, charge and hit the open road.”