Lookers is partnering with EV charging point mapping and data company, Zap-Map.
From August, 2021, Lookers’ customers will be able to access Zap-Map’s interactive software through its online channels, enabling them to pinpoint locations of thousands of electric charging points across the UK for free.
Lookers’ partnership with Zap-Map will allow customers to find more than 24,000 charge points across the UK in almost 16,000 public locations.
The tools available to customers via the Zap-Map app include an interactive charge point map and calculators for home and public charging, as well as journey costs and car tax information.
“The transition from petrol and diesel to all-electric driving is rapidly advancing and customers want more information, more advice and more support than ever before as they make this important leap to greener transport and travel,” said Lookers Business Development director, Andrew Hall.
“Committed to delivering quality advice, sales and maintenance of electric vehicles, we are delighted to partner with the UK’s most used and trusted electric charger, mapper which marks a new and important milestone for Lookers.”
Lookers said the partnership was an early step in a wider electric vehicle strategy.
“Lookers is committed to playing a leading role in the national electric vehicle rollout which will be transformative to our economy and society in realising our collective net-zero carbon ambitions,” added Lookers COO, Duncan McPhee.
“As well as providing the vehicles, expertise, experience and support our customers want, we look forward to investing in new initiatives, research and projects that will significantly enhance the experience of the EV transition for everyone.”
In addition to the charge point map, the partnership will see Lookers adding some interactive tools to the website to answer questions about the cost of charging and how long it takes. It will also help to compare the costs of an EV with any petrol or diesel car.
“Zap-Map helps all drivers search for charge points, plan their journeys and pay for their power,” noted Zap-Map interim CEO, Richard Bourne.
“Showing prospective EV drivers how simple it is to own and charge their vehicle will be crucial in accelerating the fast-growing adoption of electric vehicles.
“This partnership with Lookers, one of the UK and Ireland’s largest and most ambitious car retailers, significantly advances our joint goal for growth and our ambition to support even more customers.”
Founded in 1908, Lookers is one of the largest multi-franchise dealer groups in the UK and Ireland, representing 33 volume and premium car manufacturers .
It specialises in new and used electric car sales across a network of more than 150 franchised locations.