Sunday, 19 February 2012

UK Pay-as-you go electric car charging

UK launches first pay-as-you go electric car charging scheme
The first ever Pay as You Go scheme for electric car charging in the UK is now being trialled in the North East.

Run by Charge your Car (CYC), the North East’s Plugged in Places programme, the new pay-as-you go system is designed to make it easier and more convenient for electric car drivers to use public recharging posts.  What’s more the new system will give drivers visiting the region access to charging posts, as there is no requirement for CYC membership to make use of the local facilities.

EV drivers will be able to access the Pay as you Go chargers through an automated text service, similar to those used in some car parks. Drivers will be able to pull into a bay, text the number and be charged accordingly before charging their vehicle.  A number of the North East’s most frequently used standard and quick charging posts are being used in the trial which will run until April.

Charge your Car project manager Josey Wardle says that by testing the new Pay as you Go technology, the next stage in EV charging will move one step closer: “Although Plugged in Places has come a long way since it launched two years ago, with 300 EV charging posts in place throughout the North East alone, as yet there is no agreed way forward in terms of interoperability between UK schemes, making it difficult for visitors to move from one region to the next.

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