Zap-Map is expanding its offering with the launch of a new subscription service aimed at electric vehicle (EV) drivers who regularly use public charging.
Two advanced options are to be available, dubbed Zap-Map Plus and Zap-Map Premium, while the app’s core search, plan and pay services will remain free.
Zap-Map Plus is to allow drivers to use enhanced options to filter by new chargepoints, multiple locations, user ratings and more detailed located types. It will also enable electric vehicle (EV) drivers to view chargers installed in the last 30 days, save more user filters and route plans and add multiple vehicles.
Plus subscribers will also be able to view what3words – an app designed to identify any location using just three words – locations for chargepoints and experience the app ad-free. It is available at £2.49 per month for an annual plan.
Zap-Map Premium, meanwhile, offers subscribers all the features of Zap-Map Plus alongside use of the app within the in-car dashboard via Apple CarPlay, with Android Auto to follow soon. This enables users to locate chargepoints, view live chargepoint status and access route plans whilst on the move.
Premium also allows drivers to save unlimited filters, route plans and EV models, with the subscription available for £3.99 a month for an annual plan.
"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," Melanie Shufflebotham, Zap-Map’s co-founder and chief operating officer, explained.
In addition to the new paid-for services, Zap-Map has also upgraded the existing app to include additional features including an improved EV model selection, updated connector filters and an all-new router planner mode called Autoroute.
Last year, Zap-Map also launched Zap-Pay, which allows EV drivers to use a single app to pay for charging across different networks, with ESB EV Solutions, Osprey, LiFE and Hubsta signed up.
The company recently made several new hires, appointing Richard Bourne as interim CEO as well as Alex Earl as commercial director.