This is a reminder to all Plugged-in Midlands members that this Thursday (28th August) Herefordshire County Council are planning to switch all of their Evolt (grey colour) Charge Points to the Charge Your Car (CYC) Back Office system for remote diagnostics, data collection and access control.
This means that if you currently use a purple Plugged-in Midlands card, it will cease to allow access to Charge Points installed at the following locations on August 28th 2014.Charge point locations affected
Red Meadow Car Park, Kyrle Street, Ross on Wye, Herefordshire (HR9 7DB)
Herefordshire Council Plough Lane 1 and 2 Offices, Plough Lane, Hereford (HR4 0LE)
St Martins Avenue, Hereford (HR2 7RQ)
Etnam Street Car Park,Etnam Street, Leominster, Herefordshire (HR6 8AE)
Venns Close Car Park, Symonds Street, Hereford (HR1 2HH)
St Katherines Car Park, Bye Street, Ledbury, Herefordshire (HR8 2AB)
Mill Street Car , Mill Street, Kington, Herefordshire (HR5 3DP)
Garrick Multistorey Car Park, Widemarsh Street, Hereford (HR4 9HG)
Bromyard, Herefordshire (HR7 4LL)
If you are charging at the time of the switchover, the charging event should not be disrupted and the switchover will be delayed until there is an inactive time window available. However, please be aware that there may be some disruption to service.
The reason for this change is for the Council to obtain a more reliable service from the units particularly with regard to usage data and fault reporting. Whilst this change will cause a small amount of disruption to the service in the short-term, Hereford Council says it will enhance the service in the long-term.
If you intend to use the Evolt (grey colour) Charge Points in Herefordshire next week, Plugged-in Midlands suggest that you download the free smartphone Charge Your Car App from www.chargeyourcar.org.uk, the App store for i-phone or Google Play for Android phones.
Once installed, this App will allow you to search for the Charge Point you wish to use based on postcode or the CYC unique ID number on the sticker affixed to the Charge Point. You may also search the map on the App for the Charge Point you want to use.
Only the access method for Evolt units will change, Herefordshire County Council have currently chosen not to start billing for EV charging so access will be free for the time being.
Please note that most of the Midlands Charge Points (except Birmingham and Corby locations) will remain accessible using the original purple PiM card for the time being. So if you have already purchased a purple PiM card or are considering purchasing one, it will still be useful.
The next phased switchover will be Corby (Siemens) Charge Points.
See all the charge points in the UK on Zap-Map Live.