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Five Features of Zap Map

If you are reading this, Zap Map is likely already familiar to your device. With any luck you will be aware that Zap Map is a tool to accelerate the transition to electric cars (EV) as well as to assist in the push towards zero carbon mobility. Zap Map helps EV drivers plan their electric journeys and locate charge points.

Zap Map’s core function is its user community. We appreciate your feedback and suggestions for improvement. Sometimes, however, we are surprised at the number of feature requests for functionality already present on the app. To help you understand the features, we’ve put together a quick guide with videos that will be updated over the coming months.

Five things you don’t know about ZapMap

1. The key to the Symbols key will be your friend

If you’re new at EVs and find things confusing, have a look to the Symbols key in Zap Map. It will show you connector types and map markers as well as user and connector statuses.

To locate it, open the app’s Settings menu and scroll down to “Support”. Click on it to access the Symbols keys. This is a great key to have, especially if it’s your first step in the world EVs. You will soon learn to use the key, but you won’t be using it for long.

2. Keep in mind List view

List view isn’t something that everyone knows about, but it’s part and parcel of the main toolbar. The list will present the nearest charge points in order of distance. Check to make sure you have the filters turned on.

This page shows the User rating of the location, the type and quantity of connectors used, the network status, and the current location status. You can also bookmark a charging station to locate it easily later.

3. You can filter using contactless payments

Did you know that charge points can accept contactless payment via debit/credit cards?

Open Filters and select “Payment”. Next, choose ‘Contactless debit/credit cards’ and click Apply’. Zap Map will now display only the chargers that are compatible with contactless payment.

4. You can connect your home charger with the Zap Home network

Zap-Home is a network that allows you to charge your electric vehicle from your own home. This will allow other EV drivers to have more charging options and provide you with a way to make money from your charger. It is possible to offer to share the charger at no cost, or to make payment. You have the option to use PayPal to facilitate peer-to–peer digital payments.

All users will see your charge point on Zap Map. However, registered Zap Map users won’t be able view your address or contact details.

To add your Zap-Home charger, click into “Settings” on your Zap Map application and scroll down until you see “Add a charge station”. From there, you can click on “Add a Zap Home point”. You can click on “Add details” and fill out the form. You must have registered with Zap Map before you can do this.

5. Sign up for the newsletter

Subscribe to the Zap Map newsletter to receive a bi-weekly digest of all things electric vehicle charging. It contains news, reviews, milestones and analysis as well tools and guides. This is a great way keep up to date on electric vehicle charging.

If you need to sign up in the app or you have forgotten your contact settings and want to change them, you can go into Settings in your Zap Map App and click into Contact settings.

You’ll be able select which information you’d like to receive by Zap Map. You will also be able choose your contact methods. Click ‘Update.