EV startup Polestar has begun manufacturing its Polestar 2 in Luqiao, China, and plans to launch deliveries this summer, beginning in Europe and continuing with China and North America.
Now Polestar has announced a collaboration with the European public charging network Plugsurfing, which will provide Polestar 2 drivers in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK with connections to over 195,000 EV charging points in Europe, using the Plugsurfing charging key and app.
Polestar 2 buyers will get an RFID charging key from Plugsurfing. After registering for an account, they’ll benefit from the unified payment and authentication solution from Plugsurfing.
Polestar follows the lead of other car manufacturers announcing “partnerships” with the public charging networks. The apparent aim is to give the confidence of EV buyers that they will have easy access to public charging, which is commendable. However, some buyers may be misled into thinking that a certain automaker offers exclusive access to a specific network. In fact, Tesla is the only car manufacturer that follows such a model. Plugsurfing is a public network on payment of a fee of €9.95 open to all EV drivers. Polestar hasn’t said if this charge will be waived for its customers or whether they’re going to get any other discount.
Polestar drivers in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands can also register for Plugsurfing Plus, a monthly subscription offering flat AC and DC charging rates. Several automakers now offer this type of “mobility services,” which generally offer their customers a discount on the rates charged by the IONITY European charging network, which many consider being exorbitant.
“We focus on delivering real value to customers by making public charging as easy as filling up with petrol,” says Plugsurfing co-founder Adam Woolway. “Our obsession with innovation in a way that challenges the EV industry to move forward together is driven by that close, consolidated view of what we can do to improve driver experience by making car charging easy.”