Route Monkey to develop solutions for electric vehicle users

Route Monkey to develop solutions for electric vehicle users

Scottish Enterprise is supporting the research and development of an app that aims to improve life for the fast-growing number of electric vehicle (EV) users.

Livingston-based Route Monkey is creating an online portal that aims to help EV drivers get the best out of their battery-powered cars, vans and trucks.

The software will combine the ability to plan the best routes for an EV, give turn-by-turn directions via a smartphone navigation app, and identify charging points en route.

Route Monkey will give EV drivers real time journey and battery data straight to their smartphone, enabling it to accurately recalculate routes and plan in extra recharging time depending on journey conditions.

Motoring commentator and electric vehicle advocate, Quentin Willson, said: “Route Monkey’s game-changing journey planning software will give more drivers the confidence to choose electric vehicles over their conventionally-powered counterparts and help banish the ‘range anxiety’ monster for good.

 

“Route Monkey’s app is what all EV drivers have been waiting for and will change the electric car landscape for the better.”

Route Monkey’s solution will be designed to encourage the uptake of EVs for consumers and smaller fleets in the public and private sectors.

It builds on the success of the company’s EVOS solution for larger fleets, which won the Business Innovation category at the 2015 Scottish Business Awards.

Scottish Enterprise has awarded Route Monkey an R&D grant of £285,451 which contributes to the overall project cost of £749,931.

This grant will accelerate the company’s R&D programme, enabling it to deliver this unique software as a service (SAAS) offering to the market as quickly as possible.

Cabinet secretary for economy, jobs and fair work, Keith Brown, said: “Encouraging and nurturing innovation is a key element of our plan for Scotland’s economy, it helps businesses grow and access new markets and new customers, protecting and creating jobs.

“Route Monkey is a great example of a digital business that is innovating and this project is a world leader – which will also help owners and developers of electric vehicles.

“It is great news Scottish Enterprise has been able to support its product development through this R&D funding.

Jim Watson, director of innovation and enterprise services at Scottish Enterprise, said: "This is an exciting idea that could accelerate take-up of EVs, by making them more cost-effective and even easier to use.

“Scotland is leading the way in encouraging the take up of EVs, after London, ChargePlace Scotland is the largest EV charging network in the UK.”