Good Energy has taken a 12.9% share in electric vehicle app Zap-Map’s parent company, with an option to take a majority share within two years.
The app helps EV drivers locate charge points and check their availability. Registered drivers help keep the app up to date by log the status and availability of the national charging network. Zap-Pay simplifies smartphone payments for EV charging, with one app usable across multiple networks.
Zap-Home is a network of private charging locations owned by households and businesses who will share electricity with other Zap-Map registered drivers. Access times and charging costs are set by the owner – or supplier – of each charging point and payments can be made within the app.
The live mapping service is licensed to Nissan for use on its customer portal and is a partner of Go Ultra Low, the campaign designed to encourage EV-adoption. It plans to integrate with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This is in addition to the roll-out of
Juliet Davenport, chief executive of Good Energy, said: “The way we view energy is changing. Environmental challenge and digital opportunity are converging; intelligent power sharing is replacing conventional power supply. Localised generation, localised storage and localised sharing too. EVs bring power to life, and the rapid rise of incredibly useful apps like Zap-Map make the management of that power so much simpler – at home, at work, or on the go.”
The deal will help fund and accelerate Zap-Map’s product development . The two South West England teams will collaborate on broader applications for the proprietary platform, while seeking to maintain the exponential growth of its EV user base.
Melanie Shufflebotham, co-founder of Zap-Map, said: “Juliet and Good Energy share the understanding that the growth of EVs requires an entirely new mindset: a localised point-by-point power network and the ability to easily share or pay for electricity on a charge-by-charge basis. ”