Charge your EV with your phone: Discover tap to charge

EV Life | 9/27/2017 - Updated

Colleen Jansen

Thanks to more model options for consumers (like the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Tesla Model Y and Volkswagen ID.4), electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more popular than ever. More people driving electric means more people charging where they live, work and play, and all of these drivers expect a simple, convenient charging experience wherever they go.

A new way to charge

To make driving an EV even easier, we’re excited to bring you tap to charge, the easiest way to charge any EV. No matter who you are or what you drive, tap to charge is fast, simple and easy to use, not to mention safe and secure. All you need to do is hold your phone (with the ChargePoint app installed) against any ChargePoint station to start charging. You can also use your Apple Watch. See how it works in the video above.

Tap to charge helps you get through your day and get where you need to go. If you’re a busy exec who always has phone in hand, start a charge without disrupting your workflow. Keep your key fob in your bag? Use your phone for charging. If you’re headed to the gym, just tap your phone, put your headphones in and get your Kesha (and your sweat) on while your EV gets some juice. If you prefer to keep your phone in your bag or pocket, count on your Apple Watch to help you top off wherever you go. Tap to charge makes it easy to fit owning an EV with your lifestyle.

Give it a try

Here’s how to get started with tap to charge:

  • Get the app and sign in to your account if you haven’t already.

  • iPhone: In the ChargePoint app, go to Menu, select Account and then Manage Cards. Pick "set it up,” add your ChargePoint pass to Apple Wallet and tap your phone on the station to charge.

    • For Apple Watch: Double-click the side button and hold your watch close to the contactless reader. Wait until you feel a gentle tap, then you’re ready to charge.

  • Android: Enable NFC, turn your phone screen on and tap your phone on the station to charge.

To use tap to charge, you’ll need iPhone 6 or above running iOS 10 or newer; Apple Watch Series 2, Series 1 or first-generation; or a phone running Android 4.4 or newer with NFC.

Charge your EV your way

If you don’t want to use tap to charge, that’s okay. Your ChargePoint card will always work to start a charging session, or you can tap the “start charging” button in the app.

Get the info you need in the app

Our app can do much more than start a charge. It can help you find a convenient place to charge, save your favorite charging spot and filter for free stations or fast charging. Plus you can check if spots are available, get status updates and track all your charging in one place. Basically, it’s got everything you need to make charging your EV as easy as possible so you can focus on the rest of your life.

Try tap to charge for yourself in the ChargePoint app.

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