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
Now we learn that a number of other states are considering
imposing similar requirements.
In Nevada, the Governor’s Office of Energy
(GOE) is considering requiring credit card readers on all DC fast charging
projects that receive funding through the state’s Dieselgate settlement with
Utility Commission is making an effort to amend legislation to make credit
card readers at EV charging stations a requirement.
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.
All of these efforts appear 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.