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Charging app

FAQs about Z.E. Pass

General

What is Z.E. Pass?

What is Z.E. Pass?

Z.E. Pass is a smartphone app that makes it much easier to charge Renault electric vehicles in publicly accessible areas, and it makes it more fun to travel long distances, too. This free app simplifies the task of finding and using nearly every web-enabled charging station in Germany regardless of region or provider. Rounding off the service is the Z.E. Pass charging card. You simply need to register and have a PayPal account.

What services does the app offer?

What services does the app offer?

You can find charging stations and check their availability with your smartphone. It is easy to start or stop the charging process using the app or the optional Z.E. Pass. This allows you to use public charging points to charge your all-electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid on the spur of the moment or on a regular basis. By including various charge point operators, coverage includes almost all web-enabled and public charging points. The card function displays available charging points and lets you activate them.

After completing the simple charging process, payment is made securely and transparently via PayPal. The best part is that there is no need to commit to a contract period and no basic fee. Before the payment transaction starts directly in the app, you get an overview of the operator’s pricing conditions. Registered Renault drivers receive discounts. The app’s logbook provides a clear and complete list of all your charging operations, which can be easily accessed at any time.
Important functions:
• Map and search function for finding public charging stations
• Virtually complete coverage of public, web-enabled charging points thanks to the integration of various charge point providers
• Displays charging station availability
• Filter option (e.g. plug type, charging output)
• Starting / Stopping the charging process
• Discounted prices for registered Renault drivers
• Shows the price for an hour of charging
• Cashless payment (PayPal)
• Logbook with overview of charging times and costs
• Possible to give feedback on charging stations
• Managing Z.E. Pass charging cards

What makes the app special?

What makes the app special?

With Z.E. Pass, you now need only a single app and a charging card to enjoy emission-free driving. No more multiple contracts, each with a different RFID card. This app provides access to nearly the full network of publicly accessible, web-enabled charging infrastructure for use with smartphones in Germany. As the driver of an electric vehicle, you benefit from interregional mobility and hassle-free charging.
Moreover, Z.E. Pass offers attractive usage conditions with its flexible and transparent billing process as well as no need to commit to a contract term and no basic fee. Having a different contract with each of numerous individual providers and varying fees is now a thing of the past.

How large is the Z.E. Pass network of charging stations?

How large is the Z.E. Pass network of charging stations?

By integrating a variety of charge point operators, we have achieved virtually complete coverage of all publicly accessible, web-enabled charging points. The network is being continually expanded as we gain new charge point operators as our partners throughout Europe.

In which countries can I use the app?

In which countries can I use the app?

At the moment, the app can be used throughout Germany – and, in the near future, in other European countries as well. We are continually entering new partnerships with charge point operators throughout Europe in order to expand the network.

Which operating systems are supported by the app?

Which operating systems are supported by the app?

The app can be downloaded for free at the Apple Store (iOS) or at the Play Store (Android). At the moment, Windows Phone is not supported because it is less popular. We are keeping a close eye on the situation, however, and may extend the service to other operating systems in the future.

Which charging stations can I use?

Which charging stations can I use?

All usable charging stations can be located using the app. Many of them will also display the “intercharge” logo on site. We have ensured that every AC charging station can be used with a Type 2 (IEC 62196 Type 2) plug carried by the driver. We are planning to add high-speed DC charging stations to the network as well. In the future, the app will show additional information – such as the plug type required or the charging output in kW.

Who is responsible for the app’s operation and who should I contact if I have questions?

Who is responsible for the app’s operation and who should I contact if I have questions?

The app is provided by Bosch Software Innovations. Our customer service department will be happy to answer any questions you have and is available 24/7: by email and our hotline +49 (0)39 183 229 826.
Please always specify your username when sending us a question. You will find this in the app in Profile Information under the Profile menu.

Can I use the app for more than one electric vehicle?

Can I use the app for more than one electric vehicle?

Yes, you can charge multiple electric vehicles on the same Z.E. Pass user account. Alternatively, if you would like to have separate billing for the vehicles, you can do this by creating more than one user account.

What happens if I loan my vehicle to someone?

What happens if I loan my vehicle to someone?

If you loan your vehicle to someone and hand over your log-in data or Z.E. Pass charging card, then the charging costs will continue to be billed to your PayPal account. For reasons of data privacy and protection, we explicitly advise you to always keep your log-in data secret and never to share it with other people; see also Section 8 of the app’s Conditions of Use. Anybody who drives your vehicle can download the app to their own smartphone and create their own user account for charging the vehicle

Which charge spot providers are included in the app?

Which charge spot providers are included in the app?

Allego, BELECTRIC Drive, EMiS, EnBW, E.ON, E-Wald, Ladenetz, innogy, Stadtwerke am See

Usage

How do I find a nearby charging station?

How do I find a nearby charging station?

Once you have opened the app, it will then find your current location automatically or you can do it manually by clicking on the icon at bottom center. Once it has your location, the app will find all charging stations within a 100-kilometer radius. Your smartphone’s location positioning function needs to be turned on in order to use Z.E. Pass. You can turn this on at any time under your smartphone’s data privacy settings. Z.E. Pass accesses the positioning function only when you are using the app.
You can also use the search function at any time or move and zoom the map in order to view all charging stations near a location of your choosing. After you select a charging station, the app will display the operator, price information, and exact address. If you need help navigating to the selected charging station, you can ask the app to display directions to the station you have selected.

What should I do if I have trouble finding the charging station shown on the app?

What should I do if I have trouble finding the charging station shown on the app?

If you are having difficulties, we recommend using the app’s built-in navigation to find the charging point. Don’t search for it by address (street name and house number), as the geopositioning used by the Z.E. Pass app is much more precise. Therefore, it is possible that while you might not be able to find the street address, the navigation function is sure to guide you to your destination.
In addition, it may be that your own GPS position is not displayed very precisely in the app. Depending on which smartphone you are using, you can probably adjust GPS accuracy in the settings.

Does the app show me whether a charging station is available or in use?

Does the app show me whether a charging station is available or in use?

Yes; a glance at the map tells a charging station’s current status based on the color of the symbol. Charging stations with a green plug symbol have at least one charging point available, whereas those marked with a red plug symbol are in use. Gray-shaded plug symbols represent those charging stations that have no information on availability (e.g. failure). Once you have selected a charging station, the app provides details on the operator, price, and address, as well as exactly how many charging points are available.

Can I reserve a charging station?

Can I reserve a charging station?

At the moment, it is not possible to reserve a selected charging point. This service will be available in the near future, however, insofar as it is supported by the operator’s infrastructure.

What do I do if I discover on arrival that the charging station is out of order or in use?

What do I do if I discover on arrival that the charging station is out of order or in use?

Please contact customer service for assistance. They will advise you on the cause of the problem, possible ways to fix it, or alternative stations: +49 (0)39 183 229 826 or by email.

Do I have to bring my own charging cable or are there cables at the charging stations?

Do I have to bring my own charging cable or are there cables at the charging stations?

Drivers need to bring a charging cable with a Type 2 (IEC 62196 Type 2) plug, as the charging stations are not equipped with their own cables. If you do not have a cable, you cannot charge your vehicle.

Are the smartphone app and Z.E. Pass RFID card the only ways to start the charging process?

Are the smartphone app and Z.E. Pass RFID card the only ways to start the charging process?

Yes, the charging process can be started only via the app or RFID card. This is for your protection, as otherwise hotline staff would have access to your confidential information.

How long does the charging process take?

How long does the charging process take?

This varies from vehicle to vehicle, depending on the battery and the battery’s status.

How do I start and stop the charging operation?

How do I start and stop the charging operation?

You can start charging or searching for charging stations directly via the app or the Z.E. Pass charging card. Once you reach the charging station, connect the vehicle to the charging point with a cable. The app helps you find the right charging point and sends you a one-time confirmation of payment via PayPal. Alternatively, you can initiate the charging process by holding the Z.E. Pass in front of a sensor at the charging point.
Depending on the charge point operator, the process may also be carried out in reverse, since in some cases access to the charging point is locked until usage begins (e.g. at ladenetz.de stations). In this case, simply use the app to first select the desired charging station and initiate the corresponding charging point. The point will then unlock and direct you to plug in the cable.

When is the charging operation finished?

When is the charging operation finished?

Charging is complete when you stop it yourself using the app or by holding the Z.E. Pass charging card in front of the sensor. Charging does not stop automatically when the battery is fully charged. You should keep in mind that parking at a charging station without using the charging service as stipulated by the charge point operator or by local parking regulations may be prohibited or subject to a fine.

Is it possible to use my smartphone to extend the time of the charging operation?

Is it possible to use my smartphone to extend the time of the charging operation?

If the operation was interrupted, it is possible to extend the time using your smartphone.

How long do I have after the charging operation has finished to move my vehicle from the parking are

How long do I have after the charging operation has finished to move my vehicle from the parking are

You need to remove your vehicle from the charging station parking area immediately after the charging operation has been completed. Please note that parking your vehicle at a charging station while not making use of the charging service may be prohibited or subject to a fine, depending on the regulations of the specific charge point operator or local parking ordinances.

What do I do if I get an error message when I start the charging operation?

What do I do if I get an error message when I start the charging operation?

Sometimes a charging station may experience a delay if it is in stand-by mode or if internet reception is poor. If this happens, you will see the error message “Command could not be sent to charge spot.” It’s a good idea to first simply try to start the charging operation again via the app; you do not need to reconnect the charging cable.

How safe is the charging process?

How safe is the charging process?

The charging stations in our network are tested by the responsible charge point operator to ensure that they comply with all statutory regulations and thus meet a satisfactory safety standard.

Billing, data security

Do I have to pay a basic fee and are there any additional costs?

Do I have to pay a basic fee and are there any additional costs?

No, there is no basic fee for using Z.E. Pass. The only fees incurred are for the actual time used for charging. This is the time between starting and stopping the charging operation, measured in minutes, and is calculated independent of the amount of electricity actually consumed; see also Section 6 of the Conditions of Use. A minimum fee of €0.50 is due for each charging operation.

How are the prices calculated?

How are the prices calculated?

When you call up a charging point on the map, the total price per hour is displayed, including VAT. Pricing is clear and transparent; there are no additional hidden costs.
Price per hour is calculated based on:
- the variable price share, calculated individually by each charge point operator. May include expenses in addition to the electricity, such as rental fees for parking spaces at the charging station, statutory electricity tax plus renewables surcharge, costs of the charging station and its installation / maintenance
- a €0.50 service fee charged by Bosch Software Innovations for making multiple providers conveniently available on the app, and also covers all applicable roaming fees
- a transaction fee of about €0.50 charged by PayPal for each payment (fee varies because it is based on the charge spot provider’s price)
- 19% VAT( value-added tax). Z.E. Pass is subject to the German tax system

Why is there a mandatory minimum fee of €0.50 for each charging process?

Why is there a mandatory minimum fee of €0.50 for each charging process?

In general, billing is calculated to the minute based on the actual time spent charging. This covers the period between starting and stopping the charge process. Independent of the actual time spent charging, PayPal calculates a minimum fee for every direct payment. If you charge for only a very short time – for instance, less than would cost €0.50 – the minimum payment of €0.50 (including VAT) covers the PayPal fee.

Why am I charged by the hour and not for the amount of electricity?

Why am I charged by the hour and not for the amount of electricity?

Every charge point operator calculates the price for usage of their charging points themselves. In addition to the cost of the electricity, this includes costs such as fees for parking space rental at the charging station, statutory electricity tax plus renewables surcharge, as well as costs for installing and maintaining the charging infrastructure.
There is an additional service fee of €0.50 per hour excl. statutory VAT for the user-friendly app service across providers, including all roaming fees incurred by Bosch Software Innovations as well as the fee of the PayPal transaction in the amount of approximately €0.50 per hour (price varies depending on charge point operator). All prices shown in the app are gross prices that include VAT.

Why is a charge of €1 made on PayPal confirmation and then canceled again?

Why is a charge of €1 made on PayPal confirmation and then canceled again?

When you give your permission for PayPal payments to be made to Bosch Software Innovations, a charge of €1 is made to your PayPal account and is then immediately credited back to you. You can see this on your PayPal account via the note “Canceled.” This allows us to determine that there are no technical problems preventing the integration of your PayPal account and that you can immediately start using Z.E. Pass with no difficulties. The €1 cancellation booking is noted in your PayPal account for your information only. It will not be shown in any of the accounts of the payment methods linked to your PayPal account, such as credit card or direct debit.

How do I cancel my PayPal permission?

How do I cancel my PayPal permission?

If you want to process payments for charging your vehicle using the app, you have to grant permission to be billed via your PayPal account. You can cancel this permission at any time by following this link.

How do I compare the price to other operators?

How do I compare the price to other operators?

Using public charging infrastructure generally has higher costs in direct comparison with a charging station not operated as part of a network (e.g. a home wallbox). This is because, in addition to the cost of the electricity consumption itself, the operators must also finance the cost of installation and operation of the charging infrastructure as well as the rental of the parking spaces, among other things.
It is also possible that operators of more regionally limited charging station services are able to offer lower-cost options. Providing an interregional service entails higher administrative and maintenance expenses, which are financed via the app’s small service fee. In return, you benefit from more flexibility, greater transparency, and a solution that offers consistently high quality from a single source. You can simply sit back and enjoy the ride, even on longer journeys outside your home region.

How secure is the payment transaction?

How secure is the payment transaction?

PayPal payment transactions are secure. As a rule, no data that would allow someone to derive information about your PayPal account is saved locally to your smartphone. PayPal has been tested by TÜV Saarland and approved as a secure method of online payment.

Why are there exceptions where payment is not made directly via the app?

Why are there exceptions where payment is not made directly via the app?

The market for electric mobility is still young and developing continually. This includes expanding the network of web-enabled charging stations. In an effort to offer our customers charging opportunities in as many regions as possible, we have integrated a few charging point operators in the app whose charging stations are not yet web-enabled but are planned to be in the near future. It is true that the status of these charging stations cannot currently be checked dynamically and payment cannot be made via the app. However, we plan to integrate these charging stations into all app functions in the future.

Do I need to have a contract with every charge point operator?

Do I need to have a contract with every charge point operator?

No, all that’s required is a one-time registration with Bosch Software Innovations. Bosch maintains contractual relationships with all the various charge point operators.

Am I committed to a specific contract period or can I be completely flexible?

Am I committed to a specific contract period or can I be completely flexible?

You are not committed to any contract period and retain complete flexibility in choosing a charging station.

Can I test out the app and then delete it?

Can I test out the app and then delete it?

You can uninstall Z.E. Pass at any time, as there is no contractual commitment and no basic fee.

When will I receive an invoice and in what form?

When will I receive an invoice and in what form?

An invoice is created for each individual charging operation and sent by Bosch Software Innovations to the email address you provided. The time it takes for an invoice to be sent may vary depending on which charge point operator was used; regardless, the invoice should be received no more than 48 hours from the time the charging operation was completed.

Who do I contact if I have questions about my invoice?

Who do I contact if I have questions about my invoice?

Our customer service department will be happy to answer any questions you have about your invoice and is available 24/7 – either by email or by calling +49 (0)39 183 229 826.

How secure is my data?

How secure is my data?

The data from your smartphone is transmitted exclusively in encrypted form and is secured using state-of-the-art protocols. No data that would allow someone to derive information about your PayPal account is saved locally to your smartphone.

What do I do if I lose my smartphone?

What do I do if I lose my smartphone?

Please contact our customer service department at +49 (0)39 183 229 826 or by email and provide your username to request that your account be blocked.

If you have questions about Z.E. Pass, we’re happy to help.

Our customer service team is available 24/7 by email or phone: +49(0)39183229826.