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Pod Point updates charging system

Date: 29 September 2015   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Electric charging point supplier Pod Point has launched a new version of its public charger network, Pod Point Open Charge.

Open Charge aims to make charging points more accessible than before by through the internet and apps, allowing users to pay for top-ups from their mobile phone.

Pod Point said it wants to supply 1000 charging points across the UK as part of a long-term goal to put a Pod Point everwhere people park for an hour or more.

Ambitiously, the company said it expects to install 100,000 charging points in the next decade, too.

Previously, to access the charging stations, charge cards were needed, but with the update, the company will no longer produce charging points that are compatible with the cards, instead moving to the app-based system.

Once the vehicle is plugged into the point, drivers have a 15 minute window to access the Pod Point Open Charge website or app to confirm their charge.

"We know that highly reliable, widely available and simple-to-use charging infrastructure will drive forward the take-up of electric vehicles. 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." Said Erik Fairbairn, founder of Pod Point.