Zap-Map, who are the UK’s leading electric vehicle mapping service, have just announced ESB Energy as the latest charge point operator to join its Zap-Pay service. Zap-Pay allows electric vehicle drivers to pay for charging simply and easily, avoiding the hassle of multiple apps across different networks. With the addition of the payment service, Zap-Map offers drivers the ability to search, plan and pay all in one app.
ESB Energy becomes the second charge point operator to be added to Zap-Pay. The Irish company, which operates 1,100 charge points on the island of Ireland, continues to increase its presence in the electric vehicle market in the UK with 145 rapid chargers installed in Coventry and London since their market entry in 2017.
The partnership between ESB Energy and Birmingham City Council, which encompasses the installation of almost 200 chargers, means their network will expand considerably over the coming two years. It is currently the eighth biggest rapid charging network in the UK.
ESB Energy operates 20 percent of all the rapid chargers in London and today’s announcement will accelerate easy, trouble-free electric vehicle charging in the capital. ESB Energy is a key network for Transport for London and the company provides charging services to many London cab drivers.
Zap-Pay was launched last year with a mission to sign-up all the key networks across the UK. More networks will be added in 2021. Zap-Map has an unrivalled presence in the electric vehicle market. It has over 100,000 people using its service every month and an estimated 80 percent of electric car and vehicle drivers having downloaded the app.
Melanie Shufflebotham, Zap-Map’s Co-founder and CEO, said: “We’re excited to be working with ESB Energy which is one of Britain’s leading rapid charge point operators. Having them come onboard is good news for drivers who will benefit from a streamlined and easy-to-use service.
“As electric vehicles become mainstream we need to make paying for charging as simple as possible. The rollout of Zap-Pay meets this challenge head-on. Today’s news is another step towards comprehensive coverage across the country.”
Niall Hogan, ESB head of electric vehicle solutions, said: “This partnership with Zap-Map is a key one for ESB Energy because it helps makes electric vehicle drivers lives easier, which is what we want. We want to ensure that the customer experience at our chargers is simple and straightforward and being part of Zap-Pay will help us to do that.”