[Today some big players announced some sort of cooperation to push for Plug & Charge](https://www.electrive.com/2021/04/21/partners-pledge-to-implement-plugcharge-across-europe/).
As someone working with software and hardware development on the emobility industry I’m skeptic of this solution overall. I can’t begin to describe how complex this is to be implemented all across Europe and how much coordination and investment are needed from several players in an ecosystem that lacks standardization and general cooperation.
In any case, even if this happens, is this what we really really want? Don’t we want just to pay as we pay for anything else, with a credit card?
As I see Plug & Charge is not plug & charge. It is actually: sign up for EMP contract, authenticate yourself, download the EMP app, authenticate your certificate in your car and app, find a compatible charger, cross your fingers that all certificates are up to date on the charger/backend/car and THEN… plug and charge. Arrived in the charger and noticed that there’s actually another EMP offering a better deal? Too bad, I guess no Plug & Charge for you today.
All and all for me this just adds more layers of complexity, points of failure and it comes from a very outdated perspective of replicating “the Tesla experience”.
In the end it doesn’t resolve the most basic issue of public charging which is paying in a much simpler way.
What are your thoughts?