Zap-Map, the UK’s number one electric vehicle charging platform, has announced the launch of dynamic (live) network data. It means that for the first time ever, users will be able to see in real-time if nearby chargers are in use or available for charging.

The new feature is being introduced in a phased roll out, starting with Chargemaster’s POLAR network, and will be available to view on desktop and mobile devices.

Dynamic POLAR data is provided to Zap-Map through a data partnership with Chargemaster which sees the exchange of dynamic network data for Zap-Chat update information combined with marketing on the Zap-Mapplatform.

Both parties benefit from this data exchange as do their respective user-bases; Zap-Map users get to access live network availability and pricing information and Chargemaster gets live on-the-ground feedback and increased brand exposure to the Zap-Map user base.

Dr Ben Lane, Director at Zap-Map said: “Achieving this level of data integration has required the close co-operation of network operators, and we are delighted to be rolling-out dynamic data for the key UK networks with POLAR being the first.

“The live network data complements Zap-Chat, our peer-to-peer comms channel which allows users to provide status updates and last-mile information. Taken together, the network and Zap-Chat updates give the best possible information to EV users on the move about charging point availability.”

Tim Payne, CEO of InstaVolt, said: “This latest innovation from Zap-Map is fantastic news for drivers of electric vehicles. It means they’ll be able to see in real-time if a nearby charger is available to use and, if not, where the nearest available charger is. The collaboration with Chargemaster is a sterling example of how ambitious companies are working together to make the UK an even easier place to drive an electric vehicle.”

Zap-Map, which provides more than 40,000 EV drivers per month with access to charge point information, is now finalising agreements with other UK networks, and will be launching other dynamic data feeds in early 2017.

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