Zap-Pay, a new app which will allow electric vehicle owners to search, plan and pay all in one app across different charging networks, has been launched.
EV drivers currently need to use multiple apps and cards to pay to charge on different networks. Zap-Pay will allow drivers to seamlessly pay to charge on any participating network.
Introduced by Zap-Map, the UK’s leading EV mapping service, Engenie (the UK-wide rapid charging network) will be the first network available on Zap-Pay.
The lack of simple access to different charge points, run by more than 40 networks, risks delaying the mass shift to EVs. Zap-Pay addresses this problem by providing a simple, universal payment system.
‘Charger anxiety’ – concern about being able to access the right charge point when needed – is an issue for 68% of EV drivers, according to a recent survey by Zap-Map.
“It should be as easy for drivers to charge their vehicles at public charge points as it is to pay for petrol or diesel,” said Transport Minister Rachel Maclean.
“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.”
John Abraham, a Zap-Map user and Tesla Model 3 driver from Leamington Spa, explained: “Zap-Map is so useful for finding chargers and planning my journey, especially when I’m away from a familiar route.
“But paying for charging can be cumbersome with so many different apps and networks. Being able to pay from Zap-Map as well will be brilliant – it really makes sense having everything in one place.”
Ben Lane, CTO and joint Managing Director at Zap-Map, added: “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.”
Ian Johnston, CEO of Engenie, said: ”Charging accessibility is critical to accelerating the UK’s transition to electric vehicles.
“We are immensely proud to be the launch partner for the unveiling of Zap-Pay – the latest step in our shared vision for a consumer-focused EV revolution.”