Charge Your Car Achieves 350,000 Kilowatt-Hour Milestone

The UK’s Charge Your Car (CYC) achieved a grand total of 72,575 charging sessions on the network as of Oct. 6, 2013.

This means the total kilowatt-hour drawn, since the system went live in 2010, has surpassed 350,000.

The network now has 176 post owners enrolled, resulting in 1,500 charging points managed by CYC with 1,151 registered users.

CYC describes itself as the company behind the first open network of recharging points for electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK

CYC said its system, built on open source software, is also the first UK pay-as-you-go service available to EV owners and brings together drivers, charge point owners, public sector organizations and charge point manufacturers in a network accessible to all, which is monitored 24 hours, seven days a week.

Charge point manufacturers already part of the CYC partnership are: Elektromotive, APT, Chargemaster, DBT, PODPoint, and Siemens.

“We expect this figure to escalate by a further 30,000 kWh over the next two to three months when we upgrade some posts and they start communicating with the CYC system,” said Alexandra Prescott, operations director, Charge Your Car. “Establishing a nationwide network is our ultimate goal and these figures are very encouraging as we continue rolling out CYC.”

In July this year CYC launched a free app using what CYC qualifies as emerging state-of-the-art charge point management, mapping and mobile payment technologies to allow users to find charge points, plan a route, start and stop a session and, uniquely, pay for a charge at all app-ready charge points across the CYC national network.

The app features a live map that shows the current status of all charge points across the network and it also reduces the necessity for RFID cards and multiple scheme subscriptions.

Charge Your Car was launched in 2010 as a regional network and as it is now expanding to become a national network.

Recent additions to the CYC network are Source West, and York and CYC said its goal is to have 10,000 charging points in the network by 2020, so that drivers are always within range of a charge point.