Charging app Zap-Map is partnering with energy and carbon data science company Advanced Infrastructure to create a new low carbon route planner function for EV drivers.
Zap-Zero will provide carbon intensity data for individual charge points based on real-time grid data, allowing EV drivers to monitor the actual emissions associated with every kWh of power their vehicle consumes.
The project will see Advanced Infrastructure’s ‘digital twin’ of the UK’s electricity network overlaid on Zap-Map’s comprehensive database of EV chargers.
Zap-Zero will be developed as part of Zap-Map’s route planner 2.0, expected to launch in early 2022.
The joint proposal from the companies for the new EV routing product has won £540,000, funded by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) in partnership with InnovateUK.
Ben Lane, Zap-Map Co-Founder and CTO said: “Drivers and fleet managers choose electric because they want to lower their carbon footprint, so how the electricity powering their vehicles is sourced is paramount.
“The integration of Advanced Infrastructure’s data provides that in-depth traceability, driving the footprint of already low-carbon journeys down further still and helping businesses go the extra mile in the detail and transparency of their carbon reporting.”
Lily Cairns Haylor, Advanced Infrastructure co-founder and COO, said: “We are delighted to be working with Zap Map and Good Energy to give EV drivers greater transparency on the carbon intensity of the electricity they use to charge their vehicles.
“The emissions associated with every EV charge point is specific to its location in the grid and the time of energy consumption.
“Zap-Zero gives that data to consumers, allowing EV drivers to measure their carbon emissions accurately and make small routing adjustments that collectively add up to a significant reduction in national carbon emissions.”