Rapid EV charger network navigated with WattsUp app
A new free app - called WattsUp - has been launched to help drivers locate electric vehicle (EV) rapid charge points across the UK’s rapidly-expanding network of EV charge points.
The development and launch of the app, now available for Android at the Google Play Store, was made possible with £36,000 from the Green Economy Fund. Previously, it was only available on iOS with Apple.
Developed by Bo’ness, Edinburgh-based Sanctus Media, WattsUp has UK-wide coverage.
A route planner, it locates EV rapid-charging points from every network operator in the UK.
Whenever possible, WattsUp will show the live operational status of chargers on the chosen route.
Smart filters mean that it will only show the rapid charging connector(s) that are compatible with the selected vehicle.
The Green Economy Fund was established by Scottish Power’s SP Energy Networks to help the Scottish Government reach its green targets, which aim to boost local economic growth, improve air quality in our cities and deliver a better future, quicker.
The fund does this by helping projects that promote low-carbon heating, low-carbon transport, or the education of Scotland’s workforce for a greener future. Sanctus Media is one of over 30 projects to have benefited from the £20m fund so far.
Scott Mathieson, network planning and regulation director at SP Energy Networks, says: “In creating the WattsUp app, Sanctus Media is supporting the electrification of transport, by allowing motorists to more easily navigate and access EV infrastructure.
“One of the public’s main concerns about electric vehicles is the availability of charging points. WattsUp shows users in real time where they can charge and when. This tool is invaluable in making low-carbon transport accessible to everyone.”
Mike Gill, WattsUp developer at Sanctus Media, adds: “We are extremely pleased to be able to launch WattsUp on Google Play and open up our technology to motorists who use Android devices, thanks to the funding and support from the Green Economy Fund.
“At WattsUp we are committed to creating a greener future for everyone in Scotland and beyond and we hope that the launch of the app will encourage more people to make greener journeys and embrace electric vehicles.”
The Green Economy Fund is continuing to further support the electrification of transport in Scotland by funding projects such as South Ayrshire Community Transport’s new Community Car Club and PeddleSMART’s e-cargo bikes.
To view/download WattsUp visit www.wattsup.app
To find out more about the Green Economy Fund and the projects it supports, please visit: www.spenergynetworks.co.uk/pages/green_economy_fund.aspx