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Should be taking delivery of my e208 September first

What apps should I be downloading In anticipation for charging locations and charging companies

Plan on charging at work for free on Saturdays but when I had a leaf on 5 day test drive a few years back I remembered having to down load numerous apps to be able to use different chargers and see if they were working or not


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Get Zap-Map. It's an app and a website.

Have a look along your regular routes. Find out what networks cover them. Download apps if necessary.

Almost all chargers should offer contactless payment, so you might get away without any apps. The two major networks at the moment are Instavolt and GridServe: both available contactless.
 

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Get Zap-Map. It's an app and a website.

Have a look along your regular routes. Find out what networks cover them. Download apps if necessary.

Almost all chargers should offer contactless payment, so you might get away without any apps. The two major networks at the moment are Instavolt and GridServe: both available contactless.
I'm not sure "almost all" is correct.

Anyway, get a Shell Recharge (NewMotion) RFID card/fob or (probably better) an Octopus Electric Juice RFID card. Both have a lot of networks they allow access to. One of those plus contactless should satisfy most of your charging needs.
 

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Hi,
I use Zap-map and have the Electric Juice card from Octopus. They dont add any pre- authorisation and it goes onto your energy bill.
Some do have contact less payment but even free ones at supermarkets need to be started with an app like Pod Point.
 
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Instavolt, Osprey and, on motorways, to an increasing degree as they upgrade the network, Gridserve - these all take contactless payment routinely.

Podpoint app, because you'll find many of their destination 7kw chargers in supermarkets (and more examples now of their rapids)

Electric Juice card from Octopus as others have said - most of networks on there are little ones you may never encounter but they do cover Ionity (who you would only use in an emergency because of the eye watering price) and Osprey (which gives you another option if your contactless card fails to authenticate)

As Todor says, it depends on what chargers cover your normal routes but my policy is to only use those that accept contactless payment as that is the standard we should be forcing them all to adopt. Fortunately, the ones that take contactless routinely above are also the ones that prove to be most reliable and come top of the ratings surveys. I'd only use others in an emergency. Saves a lot of grief.

You do need a good 'find a charger' app though. ZapMap is top dog, but check out A better route planner (ABRP) or Plug Share.
 

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Hi @Malcs , if you are still looking for recommendations, we'd just wanted to flag our app. We're a London based startup focused on making EV charging easier, faster and more affordable for everyone. We already have 2500+ chargers in the UK and 55000+ in Europe - by the beginning of 2022 we are aiming to have more than 70% UK coverage (around 17000 chargers).

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