Monta trials new virtual queueing feature for EV charging

Monta is trialling a new feature that it says will dramatically reduce the time EV owners spend queueing at charge points.

Now available, Monta’s smart queueing function will allow UK EV drivers to view, book and virtually queue for charge points at selected private charge point locations. Drivers can join a queue for a charge site and receive a notification when a charge point becomes available so that they can go about their day without waiting to charge.

Monta says this will be especially beneficial for UK workplaces to help manage efficiency and demand as EV adoption among commuters and the workforce increases. Employees can join a virtual queue at the start of the day and receive a notification when it’s their turn to charge. They can also skip their turn if they’re unavailable to start a charge, or jump ahead in the queue by communicating through the Monta app if they need to charge urgently – cutting down on charge point admin and ensuring charge points are used effectively.

This new SmartQueue feature was trialled at this year’s Fully Charged Live South show (28-30 April) on charge points installed by Powered by Monta partner, Rolec. Rolec has installed 18 22KW charge points at Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre and attendees were invited to test the smart queue feature live at the show. Delegates were able join the virtual queue, then enjoy the show, rather than sitting in their cars waiting for a charge point to become available.

“While SmartQueue is primarily designed for a workplace audience, we’ve decided to test our new feature in the best way possible – by inviting the experienced EV drivers at Fully Charged Live to join our SmartQueue,” says Alok Dubey, UK Country Manager at Monta.

Alok continues, “With the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) ending on 31 March 2024, workplaces have a limited time left to install a subsidised EV charge point. At the same time, workplaces are struggling to effectively manage and make the most of their charge points.

“What we’re trying to do with SmartQueue is help employers and employees charge more efficiently without taking on the extra admin of managing a physical queue or keeping one eye on their car park.”

“We’re thrilled to test Monta’s new feature on our new charge points at Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre. One of the main reasons we became a Powered by Monta partner is to give our customers instant access to Monta’s innovative features. We can’t wait to share the results of the trial and demonstrate exactly how much attendees were able to charge across the show weekend,” says Frankie Mellon Sales Director at Rolec.

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