Electric cars: New tech may ‘revolutionise’ future of EV charging – avoid being caught out

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Monta, a Danish tech start-up, believes it can help accelerate the rollout of EV charging point infrastructure in the UK. Its app connects private business owners with charge point installers to provide additional stations, while homeowners can also get on board by installing and renting out private charging points to neighbours and local drivers.

Unlike others on the market, the app can hook up EV drivers with any charge point across the UK – no matter the make, model or charge point manufacturer. 

As an example, a private charger with four customers per week could make at least £500 a year while providing access to cheaper, more convenient chargers.

EV owners can freely use the app to find charging points near them as well as track energy consumption usage and costs.

The app integrates with more than 20 of the UK’s popular charging brands, reducing the risk of drivers being caught out of range of a branded charge point.

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Monta CEO, Casper Rasmussen, commented on the rollout plans in the UK.

He said: “The heart of Monta is the peer-to-peer part, but everyone can put on a chargepoint.

“You can create a team, invite your colleagues, members of your housing union, golf club members or schedule it to be public on the weekend and private in the weekdays.

“We have the entire home charging and smart charging element too for homeowners, which is very interesting in the UK market to look at.

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“We have a roaming network right now which has 150,000 charging points in Europe and we are adding another in the UK, so that’s adding another 60,000 or 70,000 chargepoints.

“Luckily enough, a lot of these big players, they’re not known for building the user interface so that’s why we’re partnering with them, so that’s why the product fit is really good for us.” 

Currently, there are more than 132,000 new electric vehicles registered in the UK, an increase of 28 percent year-over-year.

The Monta app already counts more than 6,000 active users, aiming for 400,000 by 2022.

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