Zap-Map, the UK’s leading electric vehicle mapping service, is today launching a new subscription service for EV drivers, which provides enhanced features and includes in-car support on Apple CarPlay, with Android Auto to follow.
With over 500,000 plug-in cars on UK roads and sales skyrocketing by 55% over the past year, the need for a sophisticated mapping service to support new and existing EV drivers is more important than ever.
For the past seven years, the Zap-Map app has supported many thousands of EV drivers navigating the public charging network. The new service provides new features in addition to the app’s core search, plan and pay services – which remain free – and is targeted at drivers who regularly use the public charging network and will allow people to save time while out and about. There are now two advanced options: Zap-Map Plus and Zap-Map Premium.
Zap-Map Plus helps drivers plan quicker. Drivers will be able to use enhanced options to filter by new charge points, multiple locations, user ratings and more detailed location types. Zap-Map Plus also enables EV drivers to view new chargers installed in the last 30 days, save more user filters and route plans, and to add multiple vehicles.
By popular demand, Plus subscribers will also be able to view what3words locations for charge points and experience the app ad-free. Zap-Map Plus is available at £2.49 per month for an annual plan.
In addition to receiving all the Plus features, Zap-Map Premium subscribers can use the app within the in-car dashboard, via Apple CarPlay (with Android Auto available soon*). This means users can locate suitable charge points, view live charge point status, and access route plans whilst on the move.
Premium also allows drivers to save unlimited filters, route plans and EV models. Zap-Map Premium is available at £3.99 per month for an annual plan.
All the core search, plan and pay features in Zap-Map remain free.
Melanie Shufflebotham, Zap-Map’s co-founder and chief operating officer said:
“Electric vehicles are on the cusp of going mainstream and Zap-Map is on hand to show people the way. Our new service is built for everyone, from total beginners to experienced ‘EV heads’.
“We spent many months listening to our users and creating a unique platform which responds to what people really need when driving their EV and accessing the public charging networks.”
While the new subscription services offer new features to Zap-Map users, all the core search, plan and pay features in Zap-Map remain free.
Zap-Map has also upgraded the existing app to include additional features: an improved EV model selection, updated connector filters, and an all-new router planner mode, called ‘Autoroute’. The latest app is unique in allowing drivers to search, plan, share, pay – and now drive using just one app: Zap-Map.
*Update, September 2021:
The latest version of the Zap-Map app is now available on Android. Zap-Map users on Android not only have access to additional features, but are also able to upgrade to Zap-Map Plus and Zap-Map Premium, the latter enabling Premium subscribers to use the app within the in-car dashboard via Android Auto.