POD Point has launched the UK's first nationwide Pay As You Go charging network for electric vehicles. PP PAYG (POD Point Pay As You Go) is free to join, has no monthly fee and only needs a fully refundable £10 balance to activate the account.
The card-less network will use text message to access the charging point and is based on the Oyster card pay-as-you-go network introduced by Transport For London.
POD Point CEO Erik Fairbairn said: “The case for nationwide PAYG is strong. Most electric or hybrid vehicle owners use public charge points occasionally, in areas they don’t visit every day – yet existing charging schemes are either regional, or charge a high monthly fee regardless of use. The PP PAYG network will deliver a nationwide charging network that makes economic sense for electric and hybrid vehicle owners to join – and charge point owners will benefit from increased use of their charging facilities.”
POD Point currently have 200 active charging bays in operation and are aiming to have more than 750 charging bays in place by the end of the year, with points linked to Plugged In Places regions such as Source East and Plugged-in-Midlands also open to members of the PP PAYG network. POD Point are targeting over 4,000 charging points to be up and running by 2014.
All you need is a credit card, mobile phone and £10 to put into the account and you could be charging your Renault Twizy within minutes of registration. Drivers will be able to monitor their account through a secure online portal. Details of the hourly tariff of each charge point can be accessed through an online live availability map at www.pod-point.com/payg