DJ Good Energy Group PLC Zap-Map launches EV charging payment service

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Good Energy Group PLC

08 September 2020

Good Energy Group PLC

Zap-Map launches game-changing EV charging payment service

Good Energy Group PLC, the 100% renewable electricity supplier and innovative energy services provider ("Good Energy" or "the Company"), today announces that Zap - Map has launched an innovative new electric vehicle ("EV") charging payment service.

Zap-Map, the UKs leading EV mapping service, has launched Zap-Pay, a new service that enables EV drivers to use a single app to pay for charging across different networks. Engenie, the UK wide rapid charging network, will be the first network available on Zap-Pay.

Drivers currently need to use multiple apps and cards to pay to charge on different networks. Zap-Pay will allow all EV drivers to seamlessly pay to charge on any participating network. Many thousands of EV drivers already use Zap-Map to locate chargers across the UK, plan longer journeys and share updates. With the addition of Zap-Pay, drivers will now be able to search, plan and pay, all in one app - a UK first. Ensuring payment is easy is a key concern for the government and industry. The lack of simple access to different charge points, run by more than 40 networks, risks delaying the mass shift to EVs. Zap-Pay addresses this problem by providing a simple, universal payment system. EV registrations were up by 262% in June 2020 year on year. In contrast, sales of combustion vehicles slumped by more than a third (35%) over the same period.

Zap-Pay will be rolled out across UK networks in 2021, providing unique and unrivalled coverage across the whole country.

In addition to delivering a simple way to pay for EV charging, Zap-Pay will provide live status updates, charging history, PDF VAT receipts and 24/7 customer support. A support helpline will be provided by EVA Global, the leading emobility service provider. Zap-Map is also developing new features to support the electrification of commercial fleets and other e-mobility services, which will be rolled out over the next 12 months.

As per the announcement dated 25 June 2020, Good Energy owns a 50.1% majority stake in Zap-Maps parent company, Next Green Car Limited.

Juliet Davenport, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Good Energy, said:

"Zap-Pay is a genuine innovation that makes payment on any EV charging network simple and will help accelerate EV adoption. Providing a seamless charging experience is crucial to mass adoption and this new service allows EV drivers to search, plan and pay all in one app.

"For Good Energy, the strategic investment and vertical integration into the value chain brings synergies across our new propositions including One Point, our business EV proposition, and One Home, our strategic development for householders. Electrification of transport remains one of our key strategic goals in bringing customers propositions to reduce their carbon footprint. We are excited by the complementary benefits for both Good Energy and Zap Map, and to be part of supporting Zap-Map on its strategic journey."

Rachel Maclean, the UK Government Transport Minister, said:

"It should be as easy for drivers to charge their vehicles at public charge points as it is to pay for petrol or diesel. This is why I have made services, such as the one launched today, a personal priority as we transition to zero emission vehicles.

"As the EV market continues to go from strength to strength, journey planning and paying with one app or membership card must also follow - Zap-Pay will help do just that, propelling us towards cleaner towns and cities and a zero emission future."

Enquiries:

 
 Good Energy Group PLC                Via Walbrook PR 
  Juliet Davenport, Chief Executive 
  Charles Parry, Investor Relations 
  Luke Bigwood, Communications 
 Investec Bank plc (Nominated         Tel: +44 (0) 20 7597 5970 
  Adviser) 
  Jeremy Ellis 
  Sara Hale 
 Walbrook (Financial PR)              goodenergy@walbrookpr.com 
  Nick Rome                            Tel: +44 (0) 20 7933 8783 
  Tom Cooper 
 

Notes to editors:

About Good Energy www.goodenergy.co.uk

Good Energy is a generator and supplier of 100% renewable power and an innovator in energy services. It currently owns two wind farms, six solar farms and sources electricity from a community of 1,600 independent UK generators.

Since it was founded 20 years ago, the company has been at the forefront of the charge towards a cleaner, distributed energy system. Its mission is to support UK households and businesses generate, store and share clean power.

About Zap-Map

-- Launched in June 2014, with a mission to accelerate the shift to electric vehicles (EV), Zap-Map is the UKs leading mapping service. The charging point map, available on desktop and iOS/Android apps, helps EV drivers to locate available charge points, plan longer journeys and share updates for the benefit of the EV community.

-- As of September 2020, Zap-Map features over 19,000 charge point devices in the UK at 12,000 locations. This is an estimated 98% of all public chargers, of which 70% receive live availability status updates every 5 minutes direct from the network.

-- In the UK, Zap-Map attracts more than 120,000 users per month from a rapidly growing fleet of around 130,000 pure-EVs (Zap-Maps core user group) and 180,000 plug-in hybrids (SMMT: July 2020).

-- EV drivers access Zap-Map via a desktop map, using the iOS/android mobile app or via Google Assistant. As of September 2020, app downloads number more than 250,000.

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