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POD Point introduces Open Charge solution

A full range of Solo and Twin charge points allow immediate charging once plugged in. Drivers then have a 15-minute window to access the POD Point Open Charge web or mobile app to confirm their charge. To stop charging they simply return to their car and unplug. This also means that drivers will always have a 15-minute emergency charge, even if they have no mobile phone with them.

The launch follows feedback from EV drivers, which found that access to ultra-reliable and simple to use charge points was the most requested aspect as the industry moves towards a charging tariff, with membership or access cards providing less popular.

POD Point added that the RFID network will still be online and available to use but it won’t be producing RFID units any longer, and will instead move to a simple-to-use app system.

The company also announced targets to supply around 1,000 new Open Charge POD Points across the UK alongside plans to install 100,000 charge points over the next decade.

Erik Fairbairn, founder of POD Point, said: “We know that highly reliable, widely available and simple-to-use charging infrastructure will drive forward the take-up of Electric Vehicles. We have listened really closely to the queries and pain points of our users and we now have a system that is incredibly simple to use, even for new EV drivers.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.