POD Point operates the POD Point network, which aims to offer a charge point everywhere drivers park for an hour or more. The network focuses on Fast charging options, with only a few Slow chargers available, and a small but increasing number of Rapid charge points installed.
The majority of POD Point units are free to use, though some incur a pay-as-you-go charge. Likewise, most are accessed via the smartphone app, with occasional older units requiring an RFID card to start the charging process.
How much does the Pod Point network cost?
Open Charge app
Membership cost: Free
Free app download
Cost per charge: Most points free – where applicable tariffs priced per hour
Cost for RFID card: Free
Cost per charge: Free
POD Point RFID card allows access to older legacy points being phased out
How to use the Pod Point network
POD Point has an extensive Open Charge network, which requires a smartphone app to access the units. This requires no membership costs to use, and also offers a 15 minute emergency charging buffer to confirm usage. This means that users can plug in their car and it will start charging immediately, with a grace period allowed to make sure drivers can still confirm charging even when there is limited or no mobile phone signal or internet access.
Older points are accessed via the RFID card – a legacy access type before POD Point introduced the Open Charge system with an app. Cards can be requested from the network operator.
Finding Pod Point on Zap-Map
All POD Point points can be found on Zap-Map by using the network filter. This can be used on desktop and mobile apps, and displays only those points available to use by POD Point customers.
Charging types and speeds can be filtered too, showing only those points that are compatible with users’ cars.
Accessing points on other networksThe POD Point app and RFID cards only work on the network’s points, with no cross-network compatibility available. To use other network points, drivers must first follow the same processes as any other customer.
All POD Point units can be found on Zap-Map by using the network filter. This can be used on desktop and mobile apps, and displays only those points available to use by POD Point customers.
About POD Point
With more than 650 charging points and 1,200 connectors available, POD Point is one of the UK’s largest charging networks. Founded in 2009 and based in London, POD Point also provides charge points to home and business users, and carbon offsets all the electricity used via the public charging network.
Pod Point partners
POD Point has official charging partnership arrangements with the likes of VW, Nissan, Renault, Hyundai and Volvo. The company is either able to easily arrange for home charge units to be installed for new customers of the above manufacturers, or in certain cases will provide free home charge points to buyers as part of the deal.