Zap-Map and Advanced Infrastructure have been awarded funding to create a zero carbon electric vehicle (EV) route planner. The partnership has been awarded £540,000 to build Zap-Zero by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) in partnership with Innovate UK.
Zap-Zero is a new electric vehicle route planner combining electric car charging and energy network data to make zero carbon journeys a possibility. The new EV routing product will give drivers the ability to choose the lowest possible carbon option. This information will be based on Advanced Infrastructure’s in-depth data on local power networks and their carbon intensity.
Zap-Map’s existing route planner gives EV drivers the ability to map journeys with charging stops based on their vehicle’s range and charging capability. This is currently used regularly by many thousands of EV drivers.
The new partnership will see Advanced Infrastructure’s ‘digital twin’ of the UK’s electricity network overlaid on Zap-Map’s comprehensive database of EV chargers.
The integration will provide carbon intensity data for individual charge points based on real-time grid data.
This will provide transparency and accuracy, allowing EV drivers to monitor the actual emissions associated with every kWh of power their vehicle consumes. This will provide Zap-Map users with the option to select the lowest carbon charge points for their journey.
Zap-Zero will be developed as part of Zap-Map’s route planner 2.0, expected to launch in early 2022.
Ben Lane, Zap-Map co-founder and CTO, said: “Drivers and fleet managers choose electric because they want to lower their carbon footprint, so how the electricity powering their vehicles is sourced is paramount.
“The integration of Advanced Infrastructure’s data provides that in-depth traceability, driving the footprint of already low-carbon journeys down further still and helping businesses go the extra mile in the detail and transparency of their carbon reporting.
“The Zap-Zero route planner will provide dynamic carbon intensity data, enabling businesses with fleets of EV drivers to optimise their route selection based on emissions and report their footprint as accurately as possible.”
Lily Cairns Haylor, Advanced Infrastructure co-founder and COO, said: “We are delighted to be working with Zap Map and Good Energy to give EV drivers greater transparency on the carbon intensity of the electricity they use to charge their vehicles.
The emissions associated with every EV charge point is specific to its location in the grid and the time of energy consumption. Zap-Zero gives that data to consumers, allowing EV drivers to measure their carbon emissions accurately and make small routing adjustments that collectively add up to a significant reduction in national carbon emissions.”