- New Charge Your Car joint venture will manage ‘open-source’ charge points across the UK
- The first subscription-free, pay-as-you-go recharging network targets 10,000 charge points nationwide
Electric vehicle (EV) charge point provider Elektromotive is to create the UK’s largest pay-as-you-go, network of public access charging stations for EVs.
The initiative comes as the result of a new joint venture with Charge Your Car (North) Ltd. The new venture will see the existing Charge Your Car (North) Ltd network located expanded from its north-east homeland to incorporate other regional networks and stand-alone units. The company plans to create a recharging network with 10,000 public access pay-as-you-go charge points located across the UK.
To accelerate its rapid expansion, the national network will be ‘open source’, meaning that charge points produced by any manufacturer can be included on the network, provided they use the industry-standard Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP). Elektromotive, which has an installed base of more than 3,000 charge points, making it one of Europe’s leading charge point manufacturers, is developing second-generation back office technology and a new user interface. The joint venture will create a marketplace that connects charge-point owners to EV drivers.
“Charge Your Car is the perfect catalyst for the EV market and supports all the stakeholders with an interest in EVs,” commented Calvey Taylor-Haw, Founder and Managing Director of Elektromotive. “Charge-point owners the public and private sectors have a way to promote their charge-points, generate revenue and manage their infrastructure. EV drivers have a single access point for recharging that is quick, easy and affordable.”
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