Ubitricity network

ubitricity ev charging network guide

With one of the UK’s largest public EV charging networks, ubitricity operates charge points on behalf of local authorities and private businesses. These are often installed in lamp-posts and bollards along streets, particularly in urban areas.

Access is available on a pay-as-you-go basis, with users scanning a QR code to take them through to a payment platform. Alternatively, customers can sign up to a SmartCable contract, with access and rates calculated via the cable and users able to make use of plug-and-go operability..

Ubitricity network costs

Ubitricity SmartCablemembership

Membership costs dependent on personal contract.
Monthly membership fee, plug-in fee, & cost per kWh charged.
ubitricity Smart Cable required for access.

Ubitricity DirectAccess

Pay-as-you-go – no membership required
Typically 49p /kWh
Connection fee: 35p
Access via QR Code on a smartphone.

Ubitricity network access

ubitricity access

Access to the ubitricity network can be made on a pay-as-you-go basis by scanning in a QR code found on the charge point using a smartphone. This takes users through to a payment page, controlling the start and end of the charging session.

Alternatively, customers can sign up for an ubitricity SmartCable membership. This is often offered to residents of areas where ubiticity points have been installed on behalf of a local council, though memberships are open to any user, local parking restrictions and charges apply. This then uses the SmartCable to access ubitricity chargers, starting and ending the charging session and recording how much electricity has been used for billing purposes. This SmartCable can be used on other charge points as a normal ‘dumb’ cable, following any other network’s access requirements.

Finding ubitricity points on Zap-Map


All ubitricity points can be found on Zap-Map by using the network filter. This can be used on the desktop and mobile apps, and displays only those points operated by ubitricity .

Charging types and speeds can be filtered too, showing only those points that are compatible with users’ cars.


About Ubitricity

One of the UK’s largest charge point networks, ubitricity manufactures and operates electric vehicle charge points incorporated into new and existing lamp-posts and bollards. Because there is no need to dig up the pavement – the charge points’ electricity supply is from the lamp-post feed – installation is faster and cheaper than with a conventional unit.

The company’s units use a Type 2 inlet, and charging at up 5.5 kW is possible from most chargers – though some are restricted to 3 kWh where infrastructure dictates.