Electric vehicle (EV) subscription company Voltric has partnered with EV fuel card company Paua Tech to grant its driver-subscribers access to the 20,000+ chargepoints within Paua’s roaming network.
The announcement follows a 12-month trial in which current Voltric customers were given access to a Paua single charging card and app platform, allowing them to use any of Paua’s 20 charging networks.
All new Voltric EV subscriptions will now come with a charge card powered by Paua, which a customer can use to locate, access and pay for using EV chargepoints on a pay-as-you-go basis.
Voltric customers will also be able to benefit from SSE Energy Solution’s ultra-fast charging hubs due to Paua’s recent partnership with SSE, announced at the beginning of this month.
Data released by RAC Charge Watch claimed that the cost of charging EVs at public chargepoints has increased by 42% since May due to the current energy crisis. Cornwall Insight has also warned that when the Energy Bill Relief scheme ends in March EV charging could become “significantly more expensive” than filling a petrol or diesel car.
The significant cost concerns mean that the efficiency of EV chargepoints is even more crucial to attract new EV drivers and decarbonise the UK’s roads. A study conducted recently by Which? found the 61% of EV drivers from a group of 1,500 has experienced difficulties paying at charge points.
Paua aims to simplify the charging process by pairing EV technology with smart phones through its electric fuel card. The Paua card, paired with Voltric’s single monthly payment plan, which covers insurance, maintenance, recovery and servicing, is hoped to create an altogether simpler EV driving experience.
“Voltric and PAUA is a great partnership as together we can offer drivers everything they need to drive electric,” said Voltric CEO and founder, Julian Mensah.
“We are committed to ensuring all electricity used with our network partners is 100% renewable and therefore assure zero emissions giving Voltric customers peace of mind and an easy way to access the UK’s biggest network of public charging points.”