Zap-Map, the UK’s leading electric vehicle (EV) mapping service, and GRIDSERVE, a pioneer in sustainable energy solutions, have announced that Zap-Map’s live data network now shows the GRIDSERVE Electric Highway.
The integration between the two companies means that the live availability status of GRIDSERVE Electric Highway charging locations isvisible on Zap-Map.
This will deliver a network that EV drivers can rely on by making it easier to plan charge stops without range or charging anxiety.
The Electric Highway is the world’s first national EV charging network and was bought by GRIDSERVE from Ecotricity in June this year.
Melanie Shufflebotham, co-founder and chief operating officer at Zap-Map, said: “It is so important for EV drivers to be able to see live status data when planning their journeys. The GRIDSERVE Electric Highway chargers are situated at critical locations across the UK, and we are delighted to be working closely with GRIDSERVE to display live status on Zap-Map.”
Since the acquisition, GRIDSERVE has invested heavily in its new charging network, replacing legacy chargers with the latest technology at 85 locations across the UK.
The new chargers feature contactless payments, and certain chargers are capable of the fastest possible charging speeds in the UK of up to 350kW. All locations on the network now offer a combination of both CCS and CHAdeMO connectors.
GRIDSERVE now plans to install more than 100 AC 22kW devices so that all EV drivers can benefit from the upgraded network. They are also adding 50 high power Electric Hubs across the UK that have between six and twelve 350kW chargers.
All upgraded devices will be visible on Zap-Map so that drivers have access to the most up-to-date charging information.
Toddington Harper, chief executive of GRIDSERVE, said: “Zap-Map recently released a new version of the app that provides key updates to the existing free features, especially enhancements to route planning and filtering. As part of this, Zap-Map also introduced Zap-Map Plus and Zap-Map Premium, which provide additional new features for drivers to help them plan quicker and drive smarter.”
“Among other new features, users upgrading to Zap-Map Plus and Premium are able to distinguish which charge points are new (added in the last 30 days) on the map and as a list – for example, newly upgraded GRIDSERVE Electric Highway locations.”