Zapmap, the charge point mapping service, has taken its first step outside of the UK and Republic of Ireland, and has begun mapping charge points in mainland Europe.
EV drivers travelling to the continent can now use the company’s app and desktop map to search and filter for certain charge points in France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
At this stage, Zapmap is displaying selected high-power charge points in the five European countries, in order to help UK drivers charge their EV quickly and easily while road tripping.
These charge points have a power rating of 60kW or more, offering a variety of payment options.
The coming months will see Zapmap open up EV route planning and charging payments for drivers in France, Germany and Benelux, in line with its offering for drivers in the UK and Ireland.
Zapmap also has plans to add charge points in further European countries, such as Spain, Switzerland, Austria and Italy.
Later in the new year Zapmap is planning to display more types of charge point – and more charging networks – in more European countries.
A Zapmap survey has found that about 18% of its users travel abroad – typically to France, as well as Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany – with the past year seeing a 28% increase in people travelling to mainland Europe in their EV.
Alex Earl, Commercial Director at Zapmap, said, “In one go we have added some 15,000 charging locations in Europe – a 50% increase on the number of charging locations in the UK.
“That’s testament to a lot of hard work from the team here at Zapmap, for which I am extremely grateful.
“Now I’m very much looking forward to our next steps, where we’ll be working to broaden and deepen our presence on the continent.”