Good Energy launches EV service

Renewable power company, Good Energy, has launched a new electric vehicle charging offering for UK businesses.

One Point has been devised to offer business customers a streamlined service that simplifies the installation of EV chargers.

As part of the service, the company’s energy experts will recommend, install and maintain charging services on the behalf of businesses.

Good Energy is working on building a strong EV charging supply chain and has signed deals with UK manufacturer RAW Infrastructure and the Austrian electronics manufacturer SWARCO to carry out charger installation.

The company has just begun a trial of One Point at the Watergate Bay Hotel in Cornwall, where four EV chargers have been installed.

The four chargers have been outfitted with smart load balancing technology that enables them to turn off or on, acting to level out supply and demand and limiting the pressure that the chargers could place on the local electricity grid.

Good Energy will study the results of the Cornwall trial before moving to roll out the One Point offering across the country.

Zap-Map

The launch of One Point is the latest move into the electric vehicle charging market from Good Energy. Earlier in the year [March] Good Energy took a 12.9% share in Next Green Car, which developed Zap-Map, a mobile phone app that helps users to locate EV charging stations.

The deal was worth over £1 million (€1.16m US$1.28m), and Good Energy secured the right to become a majority shareholder in the company within two years.

At the time, the two businesses announced that they had sketched out a possible roadmap for how they plan to work together, and Zap-Map will be able to play a role in helping Good Energy to offer the “streamlined” service to which it aspires.

Zap-Map is currently focusing on developing Zap-Pay, which is a network-independent payment platform for EV charging. The service will allow users to pay for charging through an app, rather than having to use a plethora of different cards required to use chargers that belong to different networks

The company is also developing Zap-Home together with Good Energy. This service will invite Zap-Map users to put a home or work-place charger on the map and then share it, setting tariffs for use and creating a product that has been likened to an AirBnB for EV charging.