27 September 2023

Everything you need to know about Plug&Charge

Plug&Charge has arrived on the Ewiva network – a system that allows all enabled cars to recharge quickly and easily without using apps or RFID cards.


What is Plug&Charge?

Plug&Charge is an innovative way of enjoying charging in all HPC – High Power Charging – Ewiva stations that allows e-drivers an even simpler and smarter charging. E-drivers who drive Plug&Charge-enabled electric cars will be able to recharge their cars without using cards or smartphones, simply by plugging the vehicle into the charger.


How does Plug&Charge work?

With the Plug&Charge system, recharging has never been easier: simply drive your car to an Ewiva station, unplug the connector from the column and plug it into your car. In a few seconds, charging starts automatically thanks to the “dialogue” between the column and the car.


To end charging, simply press “stop” on the display of the column, detach the connector from the car, put it back in its place, and you are good to go!


The operation is possible thanks to the ISO 15118 standard, which allows recognition between the power grid, the car and the profile associated with it, automatically activating the charging process without the need for further action.



Who can use Plug&Charge?

In order to use this charging option, you should make sure that your car supports the Plug&Charge function. This is a feature that is already supported by several cars and will be increasingly popular in the future. In addition, you need to enable geolocation and update your car’s software to the latest version.


It is also important that your personal account is set up on the vehicle app and that it is always up to date, especially for those users who have had an active offer for a long time. Finally, you should always check for your MSP (Mobility Service Providers) to be interoperable with Ewiva and Plug&Charge enabled.


Which vehicles support Plug&Charge?

Plug&Charge is available, to date, on Hyundai’s Kona Electric and IONIQ6 models, Mercedes‘ C-Class, S-Class, EQS and GLC vehicles, ID.3, ID.4, ID.5, ID. Buzz, ID. Buzz Cargo and Cupra Born from Volkswagen (for which an update to software version 3.1 is required), on Porsche Tycan, Audi‘s e-Tron series models, Skoda‘s Enyaq iV and Ford Mustang Mach-E.


Other manufacturers, such as KIA, BMW and Volvo, have announced the implementation of charging via Plug&Charge on future electric vehicle lines.


Why is Plug&Charge useful?

Thanks to Ewiva’s ultra-fast network, for the first time in Italy, Plug&Charge will be deployed nationwide and on a large scale.


Plug&Charge makes Ewiva’s ultra-fast network affordable for everyone, to make the infrastructure increasingly accessible to all e-drivers 24/7. That’s why Ewiva has committed to implement Plug&Charge in more than 280 ultra-fast charging stations, an open system that can be integrated by any automaker and any charging point operator, adaptable to all types of columns: both alternating charge and DC columns.