LeasePlan UK is rolling out a new dashboard timer for its EV customers to help improve wait times and driver communication at public charging stations. 

The launch follows the recent move by Aberdeen and Sheffield city councils to charge drivers who stay too long in EV charge points. More local authorities are expected to follow suit in a bid to cut down long queues caused by the growing number of EV registrations.

The dashboard timer, named ‘Happy Charger’, will encourage better charging etiquette by giving charge point users an easy means of telling other EV drivers how long they think they’ll be. 

The timer allows the driver to set an estimated time of completion using the timer wheel, which they can then display on their dashboard for other drivers to see. 

Neill Emmett, head of marketing at LeasePlan UK, said: “Getting behind the wheel of an EV is an immensely enjoyable experience. Anyone who’s made the switch to an EV will tell you that they’d never go back to a petrol or diesel car. However, as we learn the new process of EV charging, there are a few important etiquette rules we all need to follow, particularly when charging in public.

“Our new Happy Charger dashboard timer is all about giving EV drivers greater peace of mind when they’re out and about and simplifying the charging experience. There’s a great sense of comradery within the EV-driving community, so by adding that extra layer of transparency we can ensure we’re all being considerate of one another and enhancing the experience for all.”