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Cenex to administer UK's charging point database

Date: 31 July 2017   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

The Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell Technologies (Cenex) has been appointed by the government to maintain and develop the UK's database of public electric vehicle charging points.

Cenex says it will work in partnership with green energy software systems company Apetrel Systems to ensure the information on units is accurate and up to date.

The National Chargepoint Registry (NCR) was established in 2011 by the government's Office for Low Emission Vehicles to provide a freely available database of publicly accessible units across the UK, with the NCR currently holding information on charging stations' locations, compatibility and the hours of operation.

Several online mapping tools and apps including Mitsubishi, Zap Map and The New Motion use NCR data to help electric vehicle owners find charging points.

Others include ecarNI and Greener Scotland.

According to Zap Map, there are currently 7,056 units spread across 4,587 locations in the UK, with 272 sockets being added to the network in the last 30 days.

"Providing a flexible, accurate database of the UK's chargepoints is critical to deliver the government's vision for EV uptake," said Adrian Vinsome, head of energy systems at Cenex. "In many ways, the NCR was 'ahead of its time' but it needs better mechanisms to upload and download the data in real-time. This will be our initial focus, and this will ultimately improve the EV motorist's experience as better tools and apps are built on a solid, reliable and accurate foundation." 

Paul Pepper, technical director at Apetrel Systems, said: "We are pleased to be working with Cenex on such an important component of the UK's electric vehicle knowledge base, and we are confident that the next version of the NCR will provide useful data to make planning, logistics and daily use of plug-in electric vehicles much simpler for drivers."