Very recently, POD Point, a supplier of electric vehicle charging stations, launched a fresh network of public charging stations in the UK. The new public charging network will enable more convenient charging of electric vehicles. Business Green brings us the story, continuing, “The new Open Charge network will allow EV owners to charge their cars via POD Point’s website or mobile app. It replaces the old POD Point system where users were required to scan an RFID card to initiate charging.”
Swiping a card isn’t all hat hard, but eliminating one more card from your wallet and allowing easy access via your smartphone is certainly a step forward, making charging even quicker and easier.
Erik Fairbairn, a founder of POD Point, points out how this move is about engaging more people to consider electric vehicles.
“We know that highly reliable, widely available and simple-to-use charging infrastructure will drive forward the take-up of electric vehicles,” he said. “We have listened really closely to the queries and pain points of our users, and we now have a system that is incredibly simple to use, even for new EV drivers.”
As an answer to driver feedback about accessible and dependable charging points, POD Point said that it plans to install “1,000 of the new charging stations across the country, in locations where people tend to park for an hour or more, such as supermarket car parks.”
Some dark clouds do have silver linings, and as the upsetting VW emissions story wakes up more to the worry of urban air pollution, solutions such as EVs are taking the spotlight as viable clean transportation options.
POD charging starts as a car is plugged in. Drivers are provided a 15-minute window to confirm the charge via their online account. Business Green assures, “If the charging site requires payment, EV owners can use the ‘pay-as-you-go’ function in the app to pay for their charge using a prepaid balance.”
In the summer of 2014, the UK’s POD Point also made things easier in another way. In what Business Green reported as an industry first, POD Point offered a three-year lease on its fast-charging EV stations to interested businesses. More of this story was reported here on EV Obsession: “POD Point Will Lease EV Charging Stations To Businesses.”
There is more to the story than the widely trumpeted theory that the electric car revolution won’t happen until there is a “public electric vehicle charger on every street corner, just like gas stations.” No! That’s not needed, due to one definite difference: “electric car owners can recharge their cars at home and work, something that drivers of conventional cars can’t do” That is a considerable difference. It makes owning an EV super convenient. Still, it is nice to have more charging stations and those are necessary for long-distance travel — for sure!