Dick Lovett

Top 10 best apps for electric car owners in the UK

Posted 26th May 2023

Owning an electric car is an exciting experience with many benefits. By utilising a variety of the excellent apps available, you can travel with confidence and maximise efficiency. Perhaps you’re trying to find the nearest charging stations, looking for an EV-friendly hotel or trying to charge your car at the best rates? We’ve found the apps to help you with that and more! 

Even if you’re yet to make the switch to electric motoring, some of the following apps can benefit your everyday driving - while also showing you just how easy it can be to live with an electric vehicle when using the right apps. So, let’s get started:

  1. Zap-Map
  2. Optiwatt
  3. EVHotels
  4. EV8 Switch
  5. JustPark
  6. Waze
  7. ChargePoint
  8. Manufacturer Apps
  9. WhenToPlugIn
  10. PlugShare

1. Zap-Map

Zap Map
Zap-Map is a must-have for all electric car owners. Covering 95% of the UK’s public charging network, this essential tool will help you locate the nearest charging stations in your area. That’s not all, within the app you can plan longer journeys around charge points to ensure that you’ll comfortably reach your destination.

With live availability statuses for over 70% of the UK’s charging points, travel with confidence knowing you’ll always be able to find a suitable charging destination. Upgrading to Zap-Map Premium also allows you to locate chargers through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, among other great features.

Zap-Pay simplifies the charging payment process amidst the multitude of networks available in the UK. This entails swift and effortless payment for charging when using any of the ten networks currently covered by Zap-Pay. These include networks such as - ESB Energy, Fastned, MFG EV Power and Osprey. What's more, the convenience extends further, allowing you to utilise Apple Pay and Google Pay at Zap-Pay chargers throughout the nation.

Join a thriving community of over 600,000 other users where you can interact with fellow EV drivers to provide and receive the latest updates, reviews and more.

2. Optiwatt

Optiwatt
Optiwatt helps you get the most out of your EV and ultimately save money through a more efficient charging routine. The app will automatically schedule charging for when electricity rates are at their lowest point. This is ideal when you're at home or spending a longer period of time somewhere - Optiwatt can then get to work and charge your car for the cheapest amount possible.

You can also create a charging schedule based on planned departure times. This will ensure the vehicle is charged to a percentage of your choosing before you leave. Preconditioning is available too - this warms up your car and reduces the effects of cold weather on your EV’s battery.

3. EVHotels

EVHotels
Looking to book a hotel but aren’t sure whether there’ll be somewhere to charge your car? EVHotels is the perfect solution. This app shows over 250,000 hotels worldwide that have charging stations on site or within walking distance - of which you can filter to suit your preferences. This simple solution makes travelling with your electric car that much easier.

Utilise a variety of customisation options within the app to find your preferred charging network, plug-type, hotel chain and more.

4. EV8 Switch

EV8 Switch
Vastly different to most of the electric vehicle apps available, EV8 Switch is designed to be used prior to making the switch. The app is designed to determine your suitability for electric car ownership. This government launched app collects data on your current vehicle over a 14 day period before providing an analysis of this information and an overall ‘Switchability Score’. 

If you’re still unsure whether it’s the right time for you to buy your first electric car, this app may just help you make the right decision.

5. JustPark

JustPark
Whether you own an electric vehicle or something else, you can benefit from using JustPark - the UK’s largest parking network. With over 45,000 locations available, you can avoid any parking stress and be assured there’s a parking space waiting for you at your destination. With the ability to pre-pay and view parking space availability in real-time, this app really does make parking simple. Particularly helpful for electric car drivers, you can find parking locations that also have electric charging points.

In addition to this, you can even rent-out your personal charging location and earn an income using JustPark. As long as you have a parking space and charger, you can sign up to be publicly listed on the app. The first £1,000 earned using the app is tax-free!

6. Waze

Waze

Waze is a brilliant navigation app for all road users. With a large community who can mark road events, conditions and important information on the map for other users to see, it’s a fantastic way of staying updated and identifying potential hazards along your route. From marking potholes to speed cameras and adverse weather conditions, there are many options to choose from on Waze. This helps other road users travel with utmost safety and convenience.

Waze can be used through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on all vehicles that support them. Tesla drivers also have access to a dedicated Tesla Waze website so that they can still experience the benefits of Waze despite the absence of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

7. ChargePoint

ChargePoint
Creators of the world’s largest open EV charging networks, downloading the ChargePoint app is certainly a great idea. You’ll be able to locate both ChargePoint chargers and those from other networks with ease. One account will give you access to all ChargePoint locations in Europe and North America. With easy contactless payment and information available about the charger before you arrive, ChargePoint makes charging your electric car a smooth experience.

Additionally, you can control your charging through the app itself and set up notifications to get updates on your vehicle’s charging progress.

8. Manufacturer Apps

Manufacturer Apps

As great as third party apps are, taking full advantage of your vehicle’s manufacturer app is definitely worthwhile. With most brands now having their own app, downloading it will enable some fantastic features that can only be found there. Helpful information, access to general vehicle functions such as turning on the lights or locking/unlocking the car as well as electric specific features are often available.

From preconditioning the vehicle to maximise range, locating charging stations and viewing charging history, these apps are a great place to start and enable you to unlock the full potential of your car. You can find links to download your particular manufacturer app at the bottom of this article.

9. WhenToPlugIn

WhenToPlugIn
The WhenToPlugIn app has been created by the National Grid to help you make smarter energy choices at home - including when best to charge your electric car. This innovative app presents you with real-time carbon intensity predictions and informs you of the optimal times to utilise clean electricity in your home over the upcoming 48 hours.

Furthermore, the app offers a comprehensive analysis of the energy sources that contribute to powering your region's electricity, accompanied by live updates as new milestones in clean energy generation are achieved. Contribute towards a more environmentally-friendly future using the WhenToPlugIn app.

10. PlugShare

PlugShare
PlugShare is another fantastic option that’ll help you find electric charging stations across the globe. This easy to use app has a huge database of charging station locations, with detailed information on the charger, as well as reviews left by other EV drivers. 

You can even find the locations of ‘Coming Soon’ charging stations which are currently being built or planned for the future.

As an electric vehicle owner you’ll quickly discover that there are many more apps available that’ll also help you along your electric journey. We highly recommend checking out our top 10 apps as well other options to find what works best for you. Please get in touch with our team for any questions about electric vehicles and view our amazing electric stock today.

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Download the BMW App - App Store | Google Play Store

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