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Zap-Map launches Zap-Pay to enable seamless payment experience for UK EV charging points

Tue 08 September 2020 | Back to news list

Zap-Map the leading mapping service for EV charging in the UK has launched Zap-Pay which enables EV drivers to use a single app to pay for charging across different networks. 

Drivers currently have to use multiple apps and cards to use different charging networks. Zap-Pay will allow all EV drivers to seamlessly pay to charge on any participating network. Engenie, the UK-wide rapid charging network, will be the first network available on Zap-Pay.

Ensuring interoperability between chargepoints and easy payment were key concerns identified by the Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce - convened by the LowCVP - which reported its findings earlier this year.  The lack of easy access to different charge points - now run by more than 40 networks - risks delaying the mass shift to EVs. Zap-Pay aims to address this problem by providing a simple, universal payment system.

Rachel Maclean, Transport Minister, said: “It should be as easy for drivers to charge their vehicles at public charge points as it is to pay for petrol or diesel. This is why I have made services, such as the one launched today, a personal priority as we transition to zero emission vehicles.

“As the EV market continues to go from strength to strength, journey planning and paying with one app or membership card must also follow – Zap-Pay will help do just that, propelling us towards cleaner towns and cities and a zero emission future.”

Ben Lane, CTO and joint Managing Director at Zap-Map said: “More people than ever are buying an EV, but providing a seamless charging experience is essential to accelerate this shift, cut carbon emissions and clean our air.

“We already buy much of our shopping with the tap of a finger – Zap-Pay means that EV charging is now the same. No one should need dozens of accounts, apps and cards to charge their car. With one simple app, drivers can now simply plug in and the app manages the rest.”

Zap-Map says that Engenie will be followed by a wave of network partners, including ESB EV Solutions, LiFe and Hubsta, in the autumn, all using a simple pay-as-you-go (PAYG) tariff.

Zap-Pay will be rolled out across UK networks in 2021, providing coverage across the whole country.

In addition to delivering a simple way to pay for EV charging, Zap-Pay will provide live status updates, charging history, PDF VAT receipts and 24/7 customer support. A support helpline will be provided by EVA Global, the leading e-mobility service provider.

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