Electric vehicles are increasingly popular, with double the number of electric cars on the road in the European Union in the first three months of 2020 versus the same period in 2019.
However, long-distance travel planning can be extremely complex with electric vehicles, as drivers need to know the location of chargers as well as pricing and the estimated battery life of their car.
Volteum, a startup team of students from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, has come up with a solution for reliable and fast long-term travel planning for people with electric cars.
“So far, it has only been possible to use several apps and websites to estimate how far we can get by car, where to find a charging station, whether to pay and how much money and time it will cost. Comparing the pricing applied to different chargers is also difficult for users, as there are energy-based, time-based and occasional pricing, and even a combination of these. Planning all of this for a European trip can take several hours. With the free Volteum app, the user only has to enter from which percentage to which percentage they want to charge their car. After that, you can see the price and filling-time on the map for each filling point,” said Zsófia Tóth, the managing director of Volteum.
The application won the MVM Edison competition in 2019. Future developments might include a list of recommendations for other services including meals, shopping, etc.
The free app is available at volteum.io or can be downloaded from the Google Play Store and the AppStore.