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How do you use an RFID card for EV charging?

RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification. It is a type of technology which builds an ‘identity’ activation code into a card or other object. An RFID card is usually the size of a credit card and contains a passive identifier which can be read by a receiver built into a piece of equipment – in this case it refers to an Electric Vehicle Chargepoint.

It requires no battery and does not ‘run out’ similar to a chip in your bank cards.

The card can be programmed with a person’s identity or generic details which apply to a group of people. This is why they are perfect for use with EV charging. All a user has to do is swipe or hold the card near to the receiver on the EV charger for the functions to be activated.

If the EV charger is monitored with a back-office system like our own Hydra Cloud or Hydra Nexus each charging session can be recorded along with the details of the user. So in workplace environments you can ensure that only your staff are able to access the chargepoint.

For destination charging locations, such as hotels, restaurants etc an RFID card could simply be given to guests so that they can recharge their EVs. It is still possible to monitor the power usage if that is to be added to the invoice for their stay, otherwise it could be presented as a nice perk for valued customers.

There is no value associated with the card so it does not cause security issues if one is lost or stolen, all it does is grants access to the chargepoint. There is also no financial loss other than the nominal fee you may be charged for a replacement.

All Hydra EVC commercial chargers have RFID card activation built in and you will be issued with a supply of cards upon installation.

Get in touch with us today to discuss your workplace charging needs.

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