How to solve a problem like charging EVs? Meet the expanding Hubject scheme

Published: 16 December 2016

 VW joins Hubject with BMW, Merc
 It’s a global EV charging scheme
 Plans to ease charging woes

Volkswagen has signed up to a growing worldwide electric car charging scheme, dubbed Hubject.

It’s a project designed to make it easier to charge EVs - ending the frustration of different payment systems and loyalty cards, which can create headaches when you’re at the roadside desperate for a battery top-up.  

Hubject was created in 2012 by BMW, Daimler, Bosch, EnBW, Innogy and Siemens. Wolfsburg has now become the seventh shareholder.

What does Hubject actually do?

It’s a network linking the nascent electric car charging infrastructure - and counts nearly 40,000 publicly available points across three continents.

Hubject’s eRoaming platform connects disparate charging providers, car makers and energy companies with the aim of breaking down the siloed approach which can hamper early adopters.

Charging your VW may become easier through Hubject

VW’s arrival will provide further funds for expansion and chimes with VW’s transformation plan to turn itself into an electric car pioneer.

What does this mean if I own an electric car?

Expect to see Volkswagen’s ownership club for EV owners - previewed in this month’s Moia launch - integrated into the Hubject scheme.

In short, this will mean that VW owners will be able to charge up at more public e-charging stations than before, with payments accepted readily through the company’s own membership scheme.

Just in time for the barrage of new electric Volkswagens coming, previewed by the ID concept car (below).

In theory at least…

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By Tim Pollard

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