Aiways partners with PUMP to help its EV customers on charge planning in Europe
Chinese EV maker Aiways is enhancing the usability of its pure-electric U5 SUV by partnering with PUMP, one of Europe's largest EV charge planning apps. This marks Aiways' first strategic partnership in terms of car data, and is expected to strengthen the advanced technological appeal of its cutting-edge products.
The automaker says that its customers will be able to access from 22nd June 2022 the PUMP app, via their vehicle and smartphone to pre-plan journeys and review detailed information about charge points along their route – including availability, exact location, provider details, daily usage patterns, and charging speed.
Integration of the PUMP app into Aiways' vehicles holds advantages over other in-built OEM solutions. PUMP has been designed specifically to support electric vehicles, and ensures motorists constantly have access to the most up-to-date online maps and charging stations.
The PUMP app remains in sync with the Aiways at all times, showing only compatible chargers and charging details that are based on the car's battery level and charging capabilities. Motorists will also be able to receive charge station status updates on their smart device, according to the company.
Dr Alexander Klose, Executive Vice President of Overseas Operations at Aiways, said, "This collaboration is a perfect synergy, a perfect match. For the first time ever, we send car data – in compliance with all applicable data protection and privacy rules and directly to an app of an external partner. We both are automotive start-ups and share many of the same values, especially in meeting the smart mobility requirements of the mass market".
He added that it is a huge step for Aiways to make charging and trip planning easy and affordable. We don´t need any inbuilt navigation systems which are quite expensive and outdated after a short time, we do it the clever Aiways way and found a partner who is providing all necessary information and is updating his app constantly. Our customers will get an always up-to-date system."
The standard version of PUMP is free and allows users to program a trip on their smart device and then upload the charge point data to their personal trip planning. With a monthly or annual subscription, users can access PUMP Pro, which acts as a full navigation system that includes the state of charge, calculates trips, and recommends charging points en route.
PUMP Pro also allows users to add additional waypoints, return trips, preferred charging operators, custom battery levels and join a virtual 'queue', enabling motorists to schedule charging stops with minimal waiting time on arrival.
Helmuth Ritzer, co-founder of PUMP, commented, "We're excited to be working with Aiways to help make transitioning to an EV even easier. PUMP gives motorists intuitive access to charge planning across Europe and we already calculate over 100,000 trips per month. This new collaboration will enhance both companies' European offering and strengthen the EV ownership experience."