The latest version of Zap-Map, the UK’s leading electric car charging point map, has already logged over 2,500 charge point updates from a growing and engaged membership, helping EV drivers locate suitable and operational charge points for their emission-free journeys.
The new Zap-Map, now incorporating Zap-Chat, a community update facility, was rolled out on web and as an iOS app (2.0) in December with the Android version (2.0) being released in mid-February. The last month saw more than 1,200 Zap-Chat posts, including 500 successful charges, from a user-base which is now doubling each month.
With operational status data across the many UK charging networks difficult to obtain, EV drivers often have to check many information sources to find out whether a charge point is working or not. With the new community facility on Zap-Map, EV drivers can now indicate a successful charge, update charge point status or add photos/comments to help provide better information for all across the whole UK charging network.
Other new features on Zap-Map include enhanced route planning on the desktop and enhanced filters enabling EV drivers to filter by any combination of EV model, charger type, speed, network or access.
Growth in the UK electric car market continues to be strong with the latest market figures showing there are now well over 50,000 plug-in cars on UK roads. Figures from SMMT/ OLEV show plug-in cars accounted for 1.7% of all cars sold in December 2015 – the highest ever share recorded in the UK.
In parallel with the increasing number of EVs, the charging point infrastructure is growing steadily with Zap-Map showing over 3,800 charging locations, 5,000 charging devices and 10,000 connectors. The availability of rapid devices, essential for market growth, is also improving, with over 850 rapid devices at 650 locations showing on Zap-Map.
Melanie Shufflebotham, director of Next Green Car Ltd, the company behind Zap-Map, commented: “We are delighted that there have been so many user posts on Zap-Chat. Our aim is to provide a central information resource and smart tools to enable EV drivers to locate suitable, operational charging points for their zero emission journeys, and provide updates for the EV community at large”.