Driving an EV benefits from knowledge of where to charge. This makes any journey planning easier and reduces time and stress and goes a long way to remove the Range Anxiety that impacts EV usage.
Zap-Map, the UK’s leading electric vehicle (EV) charging platform has just released version 3.0 of its app that now includes real-time data for around 75% of London charge points, 45% of charge points in England and Wales and 80% of Northern Ireland charge points. This will make owning and using an electric car easier as drivers will be able to see whether a point is available or in use.
Zap-Map has integrated live data from Source London, ESB ecars and ecarNI (both operated by ESB Group) networks to add to the live updates already available from POLAR and GeniePoint networks.
The new app (now available on iOS, already available on Android) has also expanded internationally to include the Republic of Ireland enabling EV drivers there to be able to locate, navigate to and update charging point data.
The app’s improved feature set focuses on the community area with Zap-Map user’s now being able to report a charging bay as ‘ICEd’ (blocked by an Internal Combustion Engine vehicle), add and view enhanced status updates, extended account functions and new café area for users to ask Zap-Map or other EV drivers’ general questions.
On the release of Zap-Map 3.0 incorporating the Source London and ESB live data, Melanie Shufflebotham, Director at Zap-Map said:
“With electric cars moving into the mainstream, it is essential that EV drivers have the tools and information they need to plan their electric journeys, and we are delighted to release our new app with more live network data for EV drivers in London, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland.
We will continue to develop the best possible tools for EV drivers on the move with new features and more live data planned for later this year”.
Gareth Davis, Head of ecars at ESB commented: ‘We are delighted that information on our extensive network of charge points in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will be available on Zap-Map and will allow EV drivers to easily access information on charge point locations and availability. This information is essential for EV drivers wishing to plan their journey and ensure they have charging facilities on route.’
Christophe Arnaud, Managing Director of Source London, said: “We are delighted to have partnered with Zap-Map as it will enable EV users to be updated with live information on the status of our charging points. The app is incredibly simple to use and allows EV drivers to view the locations and availability of our charging points with ease. We hope that giving users the visibility of the whole network will encourage and accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles throughout London.”
The release of the new features and expansion of dynamic network information maintains Zap-Map’s position as the UK’s number one EV charging platform, covering all charging networks and providing EV drivers with key charge point information in a single portal. Zap-Map attracts over 45,000 users per month from an EV fleet of around 110,000 vehicles and rising rapidly.