News has just hit that Chargeplace Scotland (CPS) who have used Charge your Car for their authentication and billing for the last several years will be switching to SWARCO eVolt starting in July:
This is an interesting albeit not unexpected change. What does it mean for end users?
Will existing RFID cards continue to work or do we need new ones? Will CPS accounts (which are basically just CYC accounts and use the same CYC app) be migrated across or will we be needing to create new accounts?
Will CPS cards stop working on CYC sites in England and will CYC cards stop working on CPS sites in Scotland?
Will CPS finally get their own mobile app instead of just using the CYC branded app and a fairly useless web browser based lookup?
While I of course recognise eVolt and a lot of rapids on the CPS network are already eVolt units, I have no knowledge of their ability to run a back end authentication and billing system, although they're unlikely to be worse than CYC.
So, good news? Bad news? Ambivalent ?
To be honest it's quite a while since I've used a CPS charger!