EnBW introduces AutoCharge function

EnBW introduces AutoCharge function

EnBW now offers the AutoCharge function in its HyperNetz, which eliminates the need to start the charging process via app or charging card. However, the function, which has already been offered by Fastned for some time, should not be confused with Plug&Charge.

For customers, AutoCharge basically works in a similar way: charging starts automatically after the vehicle is connected to the charging point - in the case of EnBW, with the tariff stored in the mobility+ app. The use of AutoCharge must be activated once in the app. After that, the EnBW charging points recognise the car when it is reconnected and start the charging process. According to the announcement, the EnBW app now directly shows whether a charging point is compatible with AutoCharge when searching for a location.

The difference to Plug&Charge: With AutoCharge, the charging station only reads the so-called MAC address of the car, a general network address. There is no comparison of other parameters, which means that the procedure is not as secure as the more complex Plug&Charge - manipulation of the MAC address is theoretically sufficient. However, the new MAC address would have to be defined as that of a vehicle that is activated for AutoCharge at EnBW.