Zap-Map has announced that Good Energy has taken a 12.9% share in its parent company, with an option to take a majority share within two years.
Good Energy says its investment reflects the fast-changing way in which people live with energy with an increasing number of households and businesses now generating, storing and sharing power, rather than simply consuming it.
Good Energy’s chief executive and founder Juliet Davenport explained: “The way we view energy is changing. Environmental challenge and digital opportunity are converging; intelligent power sharing is replacing conventional power supply.
"Localised generation, localised storage and localised sharing too. EVs bring power to life, and the rapid rise of incredibly useful apps like Zap-Map make the management of that power so much simpler – at home, at work, or on the go.”
Bristol-based Zap-Map licenses its live mapping service to Nissan for use on its customer portal and partners with Go Ultra Low. Following the successful launch of its Smart Route Planner, integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is planned. This is in addition to the roll-out of Zap-Pay, which aims to simplify smartphone payments for EV charging
The deal will help fund and accelerate Zap-Map’s product development as it realises the full potential of its digital EV charging services. The two south west England teams will collaborate on broader applications for the proprietary platform, while seeking to maintain the exponential growth of its EV user base.
Zap-Map’s co-founder Melanie Shufflebotham said: “Juliet and Good Energy share the understanding that the growth of EVs requires an entirely new mindset: a localised point-by-point power network and the ability to easily share or pay for electricity on a charge-by-charge basis."