Charge Your Car (CYC), the company behind the first open network of recharging points for electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK, achieved a grand total of 72,575 charging sessions on the network as at 6th October 2013 meaning that the total kWh drawn, since the system went live in 2010, has surpassed 350,000. The network now has 176 post owners enrolled, resulting in 1,500 charging points managed by CYC with 1,151 registered users.

The CYC system, built on open source software, is also the first pay-as-you-go service available to EV owners and brings together drivers, charge point owners, public sector organisations and charge point manufacturers in a network accessible to all, which is monitored 24 hours, seven days a week. Charge point manufacturers already part of the CYC scheme are: Elektromotive, APT, Chargemaster, DBT, PODPoint, and Siemens.

Alexandra Prescott, operations director, Charge Your Car said,

“We expect this figure to escalate by a further 30,000 kWh over the next two to three months when we upgrade some posts and they start communicating with the CYC system. Establishing a nationwide network is our ultimate goal and these figures are very encouraging as we continue rolling out CYC.”

In July this year CYC launched a free app, a world-first in app technology, using emerging state-of-the-art charge point management, mapping and mobile payment technologies to allow users to find charge points, plan a route, start and stop a session and, uniquely, pay for a charge at all app-ready charge points across the growing CYC national network. The app, which takes as little as a second to start a charge, features a live map that shows the current status of all charge points across the network and it also reduces the necessity for RFID cards and multiple scheme subscriptions.

Charge Your Car was launched in 2010 as a regional network and as it is now expanding to become a national network. The introduction of the app makes it easier than ever for both drivers and charge point operators. Recent additions to the CYC network are Source West, and York and the goal is to have 10,000 in the network by 2020, so that drivers are always within range of a charge point.

Charge Your Car - UK Locations shown on map of "all" charging points

You can read our review of the Android version of the app here.

Source; Charge Your Car

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