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Founder and former Chargemaster CEO launches home charger

The founder and former CEO of Chargemaster, David Martell, has launched a mass market home charger, the Evios One.

Chargemaster, which became the UK’s largest EV charging network, was acquired by BP in 2018

The Evios One One features a large colour screen and a smartphone app that allow users to configure each charge to suit their needs and preferences – prioritising low price, enhanced sustainability or high speed.

Users can see how many miles have been added in each charging session, and the cost.

Access to the charger is protected via a personal identification number (PIN) to prevent unauthorised use, and up to eight profiles can be stored, making it an ideal option for shared residential or business parking areas, or homes with more than one EV.

It is fully internet-enabled to enhance the ownership experience. Via the app, users can access and control charging when away from the unit itself, and there are ‘push’ notifications (via the app or email) so users can be kept updated on key details relating to their charges.

In addition, over-the-air updates ensure users always have access to the most up-to-date functionality and features.

The Evios One also connects with Amazon Alexa and Google Home devices, allowing users to adjust settings and review charge status via voice commands.

Martell (pictured), who is CEO of Evios, said: “For EVs to be adopted by millions more UK motorists, they should be at least as easy to own and run as ICE vehicles.

“Much attention is given to developing the quality and quantity of public charge points, but the majority of charging will need to take place at homes.

“We evaluated all of the existing home chargers on the market and saw that too often they are hard to understand and control, and we believe this will put many off the idea of buying an EV in the first place.

“From the outset we have sought to provide a unique combination of intuitive functionality and low running costs, helping to make EV ownership more hassle-free.”

Evios charge point users can download detailed reports outlining their energy use and expenditure – tailored for time periods of their choosing – to help keep a track of outgoings. Meanwhile, business users can easily generate summaries for expense claims based on individual users or individual vehicles.

While managing running costs will be key for many, those keen to minimise the environmental impact of their motoring can select the Evios One’s ‘Pure Green’ setting, which interacts with solar or wind power sources attached to the home to deliver zero-emissions charges.

Installations are also carried out by the company’s own team of qualified installers.

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