The city’s heavy traffic is easier to navigate if you’re driving an EV in London. Despite all the busted EV myths, filling up your EV is easier than ever. All you need is a smartphone and a charging cable. Especially in London, where there are more than 10,000 charging points currently. Most EV charging networks have an app that you can always have on hand.
These apps allow you to locate charging points, monitor them, check the prices in advance, pay for your charges and keep track of your charging history.
Some apps only provide access to a certain network, while others gather multiple networks that you can choose from. Picking the right one for you might take some time and research — it depends on coverage, prices, subscription plans, and the overall quality of services.
Here is what you need to know about the top EV charging apps in London.
With easy access to charging points, they’re currently expanding their network coverage. Drivers can even use the Bonnet app to request the addition of a new network.
What really stands out is their fixed price policy. Bonnet Refills allow you to lock in a set price per kW by paying in advance for a certain volume of electricity. Any kW charged beyond your prepaid volume are charged at the same rate as your initial Refill.
For example, the lowest fare you can access is by locking 200kW — you will then pay £0.40/kW, a total of £80/month. Don’t worry about losing your prepaid kW — unused electricity rolls over to the next month of your subscription.
TIP: Splend Members can access a discounted charging rate on Bonnet.
To join Bonnet:
Bonnet is all about customer service, having a permanent section on their website where drivers can provide feedback by requesting features lacking from the app.
Bp pulse has over 9,000 charging points of all types placed in convenient locations — supermarkets, hotels, public places. They specialise in fast chargers in London, and it’s a must-have app for Uber drivers.
Their app is highly-intuitive and user friendly.
You can use the app either as a free member or with a subscription. For free members, fees are slightly higher, starting from £0.43/kW for a fast charger and reaching £0.57/kW for ultra-fast chargers.
The subscription package is useful for full-time drivers and it costs £7.85 inc VAT per month. It gives you access to lower charging fares, free connection to many bp charge points, and 24/7 support from in-house experts.
First month’s subscription is free, after which they offer a £9 charging credit for the next five months. Depending on charger type, full members have to pay between £0.35/kW – £0.45/kW.
This is one of the most popular EV charging apps in the UK. With plenty of charging points across the country, located in supermarkets, restaurants or hotels, the network has slow, fast and rapid chargers, compatible with all plug-in car models.
The app might be drivers’ favourite because it’s so easy to use. You can download it without any subscription or membership fee — you just top-up and pay while charging.
DID YOU KNOW? More than half of Pod Point’s charging stations are free to use.
The fares vary by location and charger type, but you can use PodPoint locations map to check them. The rapid chargers have the highest cost due to their fantastic speed. For example, at a fare of 28p/kW, you end up paying between £6.50 – £7.50 for a 30 minutes charge and 90 miles of range.
Known as the “EV charging app for all your charging needs”, Shell Recharge aims to give drivers all the info they need so they never run out of juice. This app gives you access to a wide public charging network — ubitricity, Ionity, Osprey, Genie Point are just a few of the charging networks listed on Shell Recharge.
One of the advantages of their app is that it allows you to locate charging points and monitor them in real-time. Payment is also easy because you receive a monthly bill.
To access Shell Recharge:
Fares differ from network to network. For Shell Recharge points, the prices start from £0.45/kWh using a fast charger and can go up to £0.59/kWh for an ultra-rapid station.
This app belongs to Octopus Energy and it gives you easy access to multiple network’s charging points, such as Ionity, Shell Recharge, Char.gy, Osprey. Locate all of them using the Electric Juice network map. The Electric Juice app allows you to discover charge points, see charging history and insights and manage your account.
Once registered, you receive a free, personalised Juice card to use for starting your refills. Charging fares differ from network to network — you can check them by entering your postcode on the Octopus Energy tariffs calculator.
TIP: If Octopus Energy is your home energy supplier, your charging costs using Electric Juice can be added to your monthly bill.
They have more than 1,700 charging points across London and their chargers don’t go above 22kW. The fares are considered high, because they charge per minute instead of per hour, as most networks do.
You can access their charging points using contactless paying or a subscription plan.
To become a full member of Source London:
IMPORTANT: you will have to book in advance (up to 40 minutes) for a charging point.
The plus is that you’re also reserving a parking bay, solving two issues at once. Keep in mind that you have to pay extra for charging in Central London.
Their biggest asset is having dedicated subscription plans for PCO drivers, with lower fares. The membership costs £4 per month and the standard rate is 39p/kW.
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