New tech promises to simplify how fleets pay for staff home charging

UK charging software company Rightcharge has launched new technology that simplifies how employers can cover the cost of their staff’s home charging.

The new system allows fleets to automatically make direct payments to employee’s home energy accounts to cover the cost of charging work vehicles. Rightcharge says it means drivers won’t face out-of-pocket charges and won’t have to worry about expenses claims.

The service is the first part of the Rightcharge Electric Fuel Card, which is being launched in stages this year and will offer a public charge card to access over 30 networks, plus workplace charging integration.

Rightcharge says that a technical breakthrough means drivers can digitally link their home energy account to its app. As a result, electricity rates are read automatically at any time of day, regardless of whether the employee has a smart meter. Home charging is measured via integrations with popular home charge points and internet-connected vehicles, which automate the experience for most users. Drivers whose charge point or vehicle is not yet compatible can use a manual upload option, similar to submitting a meter reading, to benefit from direct-to-energy-supplier payments.

Charlie Cook, CEO of Rightcharge said: “We’re delighted to launch our home charging payments solution, delivering a seamless and automated way for businesses to manage home EV charging costs.

“No more confusing expenses or reimbursement hassles. And no out-of-pocket costs for drivers. Just simple, unified payments that shortcut the complexities of fleet electrification.

“This is the future of EV fleet management and with our public charge card and workplace integrations still to come, we’re just getting started. We look forward to supporting businesses and drivers towards a more emission-free future.”

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Matt Allan

Matt is Editor of EV Powered. He has worked in journalism for more than 20 years and been an automotive journalist for the last decade, covering every aspect of the industry, from new model reveals and reviews to consumer and driving advice. The former motoring editor of, The Scotsman and National World, Matt has watched the EV landscape transform beyond recognition over the last 10 years and developed a passion for electric vehicles and what they mean for the future of transport - from the smallest city cars to the biggest battery-powered trucks. When he’s not driving or writing about electric cars, he’s figuring out how to convert his classic VW camper to electric power.