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Plug-N-Go and EVA Global: Partners in Customer Experience

Plug-N-Go, the Electric Vehicle charge point operator and EVA Global, the leading Managed Services Provider in eMobility, announce a strategic partnership to provide best-in-class customer experience for EV drivers. This collaboration enables EV drivers to have effortless technical assistance with their Plug-n-Go chargers whenever they need. Alexandra Bentley, Customer Success Manager at EVA Global says: “Our partnership with Plug-N-Go has been seamless from the get-go, their priority to ensure that every one of their EV drivers enjoys outstanding customer experience is a goal we share and make a reality together” Plug-n-Go operates across the UK, Channel Islands and Gibraltar providing charging for both public and private sectors. In order to make charging to be quick and easy with Plug-N-Go chargers, there is no need monthly payment subscription or membership cards. Plug-N-Go offerings are based on reliability, cost-effectiveness and excellent customer service. Together Plug-N-Go and EVA Global are able to move towards their missions to assist the electrification of transport with the highest level of service.

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New EV Charging Stations Operational in Guernsey

Media Release Date: 6th July 2020 Additional electric vehicle charging stations now operational and new guidance for home-charging produced Two new publicly available electric vehicle (E.V.) charging stations at the Odeon car park and two new charging stations at La Crocq Pier are now operational. The new charging stations complement two existing stations which have been operational at North Beach car park since 2018. The next phase of work will include installing charging stations at Salerie car park. All of the charging stations will be operated by using the same app as used at the North Beach which means that users will have a number of public locations from which they can charge their vehicles. As usage of the stations increase, additional ones may be installed within the same areas. New operational guidelines have also been made available for electric vehicle owners who may charge their vehicles from their own homes whilst parking on-street. The new guidelines have been produced with support from The States of Guernsey Disability Officer, the Health and Safety Executive and Plug–N-Go limited as the States’ E.V. Contractor for this project. The guidelines provide information on suitable products and advice to mitigate potential trip and visibility

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Government Announce Green Number Plates as EV Incentives

Yesterday, the UK government announced that drivers of ultra low emission vehicles (ULEV) would be eligible for new green ‘flash’ number plates. The change is intended to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles in the UK by making them more distinguishable on the roads. This will also make it easier for congestion zones to be enforced, as drivers exempt from charges become easier to identify. While this is a step forward in incentivising the growth of the EV market, more needs to be done. Drivers are unlikely to change their habits because of a different coloured number plate; lower cost of ownership, and better access to public infrastructure, are vital. The government are introducing more financial measures to complement the growth of the industry, such as grants for local authorities to install on-street charging. To ensure this improvement in infrastructure scales with the growing demand of EVs, we need sustainable business models to allow destinations across the country to offer charging without a prohibitive upfront cost.

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Supporting the growth of BEVs with public charging infractructure

In the midst of the coronavirus, a sliver of good news has emerged; battery electric vehicles (BEVs) seem to be thriving in comparison with their polluting ICE alternatives. Of the 4,321 cars registered in April, 1,374 were BEVs, accounting for 31.8% of the market. This unprecedented increase made BEVs more popular than diesel, and almost as popular as traditional petrol cars. While the number of cars on the road plummets, local air pollution throughout the UK has improved considerably. Cleaner air has been linked to improved respiratory health, and electric cars emit significantly less particulate matter and NO2 than ICE vehicles. The question is, will this last? Will consumer behaviour change, now that we have glimpsed a future of cleaner air that could be brought about by electric cars? Hopefully, this trend will continue long after the threat of COVID-19 passes, as the imminent danger of the climate crisis continues to loom. However, it’s misleading to assume that the reason EV uptake has not been as rapid as it could be is that drivers are unaware or uncaring about air pollution. The upfront cost of purchasing electric vehicles is still prohibitive for many, and the lack of public charging infrastructure

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Encouraging EV Etiquette with NeedToCharge

Making the switch to an electric vehicle doesn’t just mean swapping out your drivetrain – it’s also a lifestyle shift. Instead of regular trips to the petrol station, EV drivers mostly charge overnight at home. However, for many drivers without off street parking, public charging infrastructure is needed to charge up at destinations they already visit, like supermarkets, leisure centres and public car parks. Unfortunately, types of charge point and payment methods differ wildly from place to place in the UK, and the etiquette of charging your electric car can be difficult to navigate. That’s why Chris Schofield developed the smartphone app ‘NeedToCharge’: “NeedToCharge is the friendly way to share a public charger. Free and easy to use, it allows fellow EV drivers to safely and securely let you know they need to use the charger you’re plugged into. Simply sign up to NeedToCharge online or via the app, print your personalised NeedToCharge disc and display it in your car. This lets fellow EV drivers know they can enter your registration number at to tell you they need to use the charger you’re plugged into. They don’t need an account, and nobody needs to share any personal information. NeedToCharge

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How EV Charging Adds Value to Business

Introduction One in 12 new vehicle buyers in the UK are choosing a plug-in electric vehicle; this rapidly expanding market is largely held back by a lack of infrastructure. Plug-N-Go aims to change that. While most EV charging takes place at home, many owners do not have access to off street parking, or lack the capacity or budget to install a home charger. For these users, destination charging is essential. The average electric vehicle available in the UK charges to full in 4 hours at a destination charger. However, customers rarely need to charge to full – a meaningful charging event could be between 30 minutes and an hour. This makes retail destinations such as cinemas and shopping centres ideal for the installation of EV charging. Footfall The network of charging stations currently available is widely regarded as being limited. This provides an opportunity for pioneer businesses to establish themselves as preferred brands among EV drivers. Installing charging points increases footfall by capturing range conscious EV driving customers from competition without charging infrastructure. Depending on the local public access charging, this could also attract customers who would otherwise have to pay expensive parking or plug-in fees at nearby car parks

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