Retail giant Next is the latest company to embrace the new EV Charge Online way of providing and managing its EV charging network.
Rolec EV recently confirmed that Next had appointed it to design and commission a second phase of charge point installations featuring Rolec’s EV Charge Online system, which provides all EV drivers with the ability to interact with the charging points using their mobile phones instead of traditional and restrictive RFID cards.
EV Charge Online is an alternative way of managing and interacting with electric vehicle charging points and charging networks, and according to Rolec gives the host full control of their own charge points – enabling them to set their own tariffs and monitor both real time and historical charging activity.
However, the real leap forward for the EV charging industry is the fact that each and every EV driver can use the charging points without ever having to become a member of a charging network – and therefore no longer having to pay costly membership, subscription or connection fees.
Rolec EV, a UK manufacturer, has to date manufactured and supplied over 55,000 charging points in a variety of different formats, including its EV Charge Online and SmartCharge ranges, and recently launched its StreetCharge range of EV charging streetlights.
Rolec EV’s managing director, Kieron Alsop, comments: “We are delighted that Next have chosen and adopted our philosophy of EV charging. For years I personally have been campaigning that an EV driver should not have to pay membership, subscription and connection fees to a charge point network operator.”