Ubitricity Rolls out Smart Charging to UK Electric Vehicle Charge Point Network

Ubitricity has announced it has begun the roll out of Smart charging technology to over 65% of its charging network. Ubitricity’s Smart charging allows users to schedule their charge to an off-peak time, such as between 7pm – 4pm which is priced at a cheaper rate. While Smart charging is widely available in home chargers, this is the largest public smart charging roll-out if its kind.
Ubitricity Rolls out Smart Charging to UK Electric Vehicle Charge Point Network
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UK managing director of ubitricity Toby Butler explained, “We know from our data that most of our users like to charge their cars at the end of their working day – coinciding with when energy demand is already at its peak. Smart charging allows our EV users to plug in at their usual time but schedule their charge to start after peak hours, when energy prices are cheaper.”

Ubitricity revealed that users were already responding well to Smart charging, with over 45% of eligible charging sessions selecting to use the feature.  Since the roll-out to over 4000 charge points began in December 2022, the average Smart charging user has saved £4.00 on their charging session.  A user charging twice a week would save £32 a month.

UK Managing director of ubitricity Toby Butler said, “It is estimated that over 8 million households in the UK have no access to private or off-street parking, we believe that residents should be able to access cheaper public charging options similar to EV drivers who can charge at home. In a time where the price of energy is effecting everyone, we wanted to try and innovate new ways to pass possible energy savings onto our customers.”

The software was originally tried out on 300 charge points in Westminster. Westminster currently have over 1,500 ubitricity lamppost and bollard charge points across the borough, which made it the ideal location to trial the new technology. 

This new trial with ubitricity was a significant step in delivering this increased charging provision in the borough. Westminster City Council is planning to increase the number of Electric Vehicle (EV) charging points in Westminster to over 2,000 charging points, the most in the country. The Council is targeting at least 500 of this new wave to be installed by March 2023. This new trial with ubitricity is a significant step in delivering this increased charging provision in the borough.

How to use Smart charging at ubitricity charge points

  1. Locate your closest ubitricity charge point. All ubitricity charge points have a small sign fixed to the lamppost above the socket.
  2. Between 12:00PM (midday) – 7PM plug your car into the charge point using the standard type-2 cable that you would use for home or destination charging.
  3. Scan the QR code on the plate above the charge point to open the charge point direct access page.
  4. Select the ‘Smart Charging’ option and ubitricity will schedule your charge to begin after 7PM when the peak hours window closes.

Your charge cable will stay locked until you unlock your car. The charging cable will then unlock and can be removed from the charge point.

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