Trials begin as Motability reflects on how disabled drivers are adapting to electric vehicles

Trials are underway with Motability Scheme customers to identify challenges and solutions for using electric vehicles for disabled drivers.

The rental organization, which supports mobility for people with disabilities by helping them rent new cars using disability benefits, has started a series of pilots to try and find innovative ways to support electrification incentive scheme customers.

A perceived drawback for some is the lack of home charging facilities for an electric car, but starting with Zap Map, Charge Fairy, Co Charger and Bonnet, some early pilots are already living with Motability Scheme customers across the UK to allay their concerns.

Clients participating in the pilot program live in a range of conditions and are located across the country.

The UK government has a deadline of 2030 for the end of sales of new petrol and diesel cars, which means all Motability customers will need to adapt to plug-in vehicles in the coming years.

“As more Motivation scheme customers move to electric vehicles, it is imperative that there be worry-free access to charging for everyone,” said Jonathan Jenkins, Head of Innovation at Motability Operations.

These important initiatives will help the growing number of customers who want to switch to an electric vehicle but are unable to charge at home.

“I look forward to partnering with more organizations and building on these initial pilot programs and the vital results they will deliver to our clients.”

There are a few electric cars already available in the motion scheme, including the Vauxhall Corsa-e, Hyundai Kona Electric and Fiat 500 Electric.

Hundreds of Motability Scheme customers are trialing Zap-Map, which offers a UK-wide map of charging points and aims to help electric vehicle drivers locate and navigate to available charging points.

In a three-month trial with Co Charger, select Motability Scheme customers are also partnering with the Co Charger community of privately owned chargers – Co Charger connects ‘hosts’ across the UK who have home chargers with other motorists, who are not They have off-street parking or in-house facilities to install a charger.

Plus Motability Scheme customers piloted the Bonnet charging app that connects 17 EV charging networks in Europe, so users get one app, one account, and one payment to cover all charges, and in another experiment, a group of Motability Scheme customers used the mobile electric vehicle charging service from Charge Fairy, which was created to remove some of the barriers to the daily charging of electric vehicles.

Charge Fairy technology monitors the customer’s charge level remotely, and when its charge drops below a certain point, the Charge Fairy visits the customer’s car, wherever it is parked, and charges it to the owner

Motability Operations works with Founders Intelligence on innovations.

Lexus recently became the latest car brand to join the Motability chart.

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