The EV charging market is growing exponentially on an international and UK scale. There are national networks, regional networks and in certain cases ‘aggregators’ spanning continents. It’s fair to say though the UK network is currently fragmented with large players such as Eco-tricity, BP Chargemaster and Pod Point along with those making significant inroads such as Chargepoint and Engenie.
Currently public charging is good but not as easy for people as it could be. Networks still require individual registrations and payment tends to either come in the form of a subscription or there are additional connection fees and most people have 4 or 5 different RFID cards and apps! This is changing though.
Some networks such as Engenie and EO Charging are making it much easier, implementing contactless payment mechanisms so that you just tap to pay for your charging. Others such as Plugsurfing (a network aggregator) enable easy payment across thousands of points with one charging key.
Making it easier for people to access and pay for charging is just an absolute must to enable the industry to remove pain points for the mass market. As more and more people get EV’s, ease and quality are essential. This means that network operators really need to ensure that their chargers are operational consistently and that their customer service is tip top to help people through some of the uncertainties.
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Written by the Z Team (31/05/19)