IZIVIA Mobilité now offers its users simplified access to its charging networks by providing a smartphone app to suit them, which incorporates an option to pay for occasional charges. A real leap forward for anyone who hasn’t signed up to a plan as well as first-time users.
Charge your vehicle the smart way!
All that was missing from the smartphones of electric car drivers: the IZIVIA Mobile app is now available, and is designed to make things easier for these travelling users.
Planning your journeys is now fun. You can find your way around the 50,000 charging points available with the IZIVIA Pass thanks to the app’s dynamic map. It includes equipped Indigo car parks, the Seine Maritime network, and above all, the blossoming Corri-Door fast charging network.
Designed for those who have signed up to the IZIVIA Pass as well as first-time users, the app lets you find charging points in real time, check their status (in use, available, undergoing maintenance etc.), and access their online account (monitoring consumption and bills, activating passes, notifications etc.). But the main advantage of this app lies in the fact that it can be used for occasional charging, which is currently only available on the Corri-Door rapid charging network.
IZIVIA Mobile takes you further, take it everywhere!‘
How do you purchase an occasional rapid charge?
Without signing up to a plan, and for the reasonable price of €1.3 for 5 minutes of charging, all you need to do is open your smartphone app when you are in front of the rapid charging point on the Corri-Door network, choose the charging station from the map, enter the name of the charging point and generate a charging code. The customer then enters this code on the screen, and the charging point starts charging. The key to this innovation is the freedom it offers electric car drivers.
Focus on the app!
This app has an intuitive, fun interface in IZIVIA’s electric colours. It has been developed by IZIVIA’s information systems team, and includes the menu of the IZIVIA-Mobilité website, as well as offering additional functions, like setting up a pay-as-you-go account, which is vital for users who have not signed up to a plan or passing first-time users who want to charge their vehicle on the Corri-Door rapid charging network.
The app is free and available for iOS and Android operating systems. This first version, which will soon be available in English, is set to evolve to include more functions to meet the new needs of users.
Foueid Bensalah, IZIVIA’s director of information systems, and project manager Mathieu Petit, explain more about the introduction of the main functions of the mobile app.
Why launch a new mobile app?
Although the IZIVIA-Mobilité website can be used on mobiles, the browsing experience and functions offered are sometimes hard to use on a small screen, or with limited connectivity. The mobile app responds to these issues and is easy to navigate, with the focus on exploring the map. This responds to IZIVIA’s keen desire and the demands of many clients.
Que peut-on faire avec l’appli ?
What can you do with the app?
In this first version, you can:
- find your location and navigate your way on the interactive map to find the charging points where you can fill up,
- save and manage your favourite charging points,
- see your bills and usage,
- define your search preferences and always find the right charging points,
- buy a charging code to use the charging points on the Corri-Door network (200 rapid charging points on motorways),
- see your current and previous charges.
What skills were needed to develop the app?
Producing a mobile app is a very niche field in the world of software development. You need to understand competing target ecosystems: Google Android and Apple IOS. In fact, the IZIVIA-Mobilité app was created by experts in these environments. Once the development work is complete, the mobile app then needs to be validated. To do this, tests are carried out on a battery of tables and mobile telephones, either in real life or as simulations. These tests and corrections took more than half the development time. In this case too, IZIVIA called upon specific resources and skills for validating the app.
Have you encountered any technical restrictions? For example, offering users the chance to generate a charging code? Or incorporating networks managed by IZIVIA?
The wide variety of mobile devices imposes some tricky restrictions for development. The app’s interface must be able to adapt to the sizes and formats of screens available. It must remain stable and functioning despite the quality of the device. Responding to these challenges would have been the main difficulty. The functional options mentioned have been incorporated into the app fairly naturally. Most were already available on the website or on third-party apps. For example, the management of charging codes is exactly the same as it is on our micropayment portal (http://paynow.IZIVIA.fr). To design the app, we built on the experience gained when implementing our previous B2C tools.
Have your corporate and government clients already adopted the app for their own customers? Can you tell us about a client who is using it now?
For now, only the “IZIVIA-Mobilité” app is available. However, most of our clients are expressing some interest. We have already had three more app orders for the projects that we manage. They should be available by the end of the year.
Will public users have the option to take part in the development of subsequent versions? If so, how?
The IZIVIA Mobilité app is available in its first iteration. We are aware that it needs to be further developed, and we want to make sure that constructive views and feedback left by our users are taken into account. To share your views, you can comment on the app via the app stores, send us messages via twitter, or contact customer services by email.