How many cards, contracts, apps and other solutions do drivers need to enter the electric mobility ecosystem? Ideally, all it would take is a snap of the fingers for all the concerns linked to the energy transition to disappear. That’s why EV.Charge, by EDP Comercial, this year became the only app in Portugal to integrate all the dimensions of charging – at home, at work or on public roads – on a single platform.
The app, launched in 2019, is the digital solution created to integrate the electric vehicle charging experience in public and private spaces. Charging a zero-emission car is today as easy as fuelling an internal combustion-powered car. Until a few years ago it was not so, but technology has advanced at great speed, making the experience intuitive, efficient and always available.
Daniel Galvoeira, a resident of Évora, still remembers how less than a decade ago making a simple trip to Lisbon was an odyssey controlling speed to be able to manage to charge power. “In 2013, when I had my first electric vehicle, the only station available in the Lisbon region was on the A5, in Oeiras,” recalls the internal inspector of Évora Hospital.
Since then, the network has covered the country from north to south, with new solutions accompanying evolution. EV.Charge is the application Daniel has been using since it appeared on the market. Initially designed as a solution for residential properties, this year, EDP Comercial’s digital interface also started providing information about the public charging network to any user, in addition to the private and business charging functionalities it already offered to EDP customers. One of the greatest advantages is the possibility of charging electric cars on the public network with EDP EV.Charge, without having to use the CEME card.
But there are other functions that, according to the company, promise to extend and improve the experience in electric mobility. Starting with the possibility of searching for the nearest public charging points or consulting detailed information, including location, sockets, power, ID, cost or directions on how to get to the desired charging points.
These are, in fact, the most useful functions of this app, says Daniel Galvoeira: “Consulting the location of the stations, charging the car battery without the need of a physical card or monitoring consumption are the main advantages that I take from this application”. But EV.Charge also allows you to request the EDP Electric Mobility card (CEME), activate and complete charging sessions on the public network or charge the electric car with your smartphone, eliminating the need to carry the card.
“With the wide offer of electric vehicles models and the charging network expanding
rapidly, apps are the missing pieces to respond to the main needs of drivers.”
Henrique Sanchéz | UVE
These are all possibilities that digital solutions have unveiled in recent years, allowing to finally close the ecosystem of electric mobility, explains, in turn, the president of UVE – Association of Users of Electric Vehicles: “With the offer of cars already exceeding a hundred models and the charging network in accelerated expansion, apps, among which EV.Charge, are the missing central pieces to respond to the main needs of drivers.”
They took a while to reach the Portuguese market, but quickly became essential, argues Henrique Sanchéz, recalling their usefulness for any electric car driver: “They make it possible to know in advance not only the location of the stations and their power but also to check in real-time their unavailability or availability due to breakdowns or use by another driver,” adds the UVE leader to demonstrate that, without the new digital solutions, electric mobility would still be “very limited”.