19.8.2011 POD Point powers up Source East
Electric vehicle charge point provider, POD Point, have been heavily involved in the recent launch of Source East – the government's initiative to boost the provision of EV charge points in the region.
The East of England is one of eight regions to receive funding for electric vehicle charging as part of the Government's Plugged-in-Places scheme, which will give drivers unlimited access to charge points across the region (after paying a £100 annual registration fee).
POD Point will be providing the charge points which are due to be installed in a range of publicly accessible places including retail outlets, car parks, railways stations and side streets.
In addition to providing the charge points, POD Point has also worked with EValu8-TI Ltd to develop the interactive web-based Source East membership and stakeholder interface. This aims to provide assistance to consumers who are considering purchasing an EV, acts as an additional point of sale tool for EV dealerships and offers a platform from which to launch the complimentary products services and technologies required to ensure the sustainable uptake of low carbon vehicles.
POD Point developed the concept of networked charge points in 2009, and since then, have been pioneering what they call the POD Point Management System (PPMS). The platform is the most advanced in Europe, and has been specially customised for use with the Source East network.
Flora Heathcote, Commercial Director at POD Point says, "POD Point is proud to be selected as a technology partner for Source East. Not only are we providing our twin 13A/32A charge posts, but we have developed the back-office network management systems."
Source East charge points that have been connected are displayed on Zap-Map, as are the national distribution of POD Point units. With schemes such as Source East developing, the spread of charging facilities over the UK is becoming more complete. Ms. Heathcote hopes that eventually, anyone in any part of the country will be able to take advantage of networked charge points.
"Plugged-in-Places is a fabulous initiative and helps move us a step closer to the future, which is one all-inclusive network so that drivers are not limited by regional differences in schemes. We are currently working with the OLEV (Office of Low Emission Vehicles) to help make this a reality," adds Ms. Heathcote.
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