Complete guide to the GeniePoint charging network
The GeniePoint charging network is owned and operated by Engie EV solutions: it consists of charging locations across the UK. Engie EV solutions works with businesses – Asda and Morrisons supermarkets are two examples – to deliver charging points for customers with electric vehicles. Other locations include fuel forecourts, local authority car parks and retail/leisure parks.
The GeniePoint Platform also runs both the Revive charging network in the West of England, and the Dragon charging network in Wales, with interoperability across all three networks.
Most GeniePoint chargers operate on a pay-as-you go (PAYG) price per kilowatt-hour (kWh) basis, meaning you only pay for the energy you use. The vast majority of the network consists of 50kW rapid chargers, while there are a handful of slow chargers managing, too.
GeniePoint network charger types
The GeniePoint charging network features three main types of charger: Fast AC, Rapid AC and Rapid DC. Fast AC chargers operate at speeds of 7-22kW; Rapid AC chargers deliver 43kW; Rapid DC chargers, meanwhile, are the fastest of all, with power rates of 50kW+. How long a charge will take depends on the maximum charging rate of your vehicle, which type of charger you're using and how large your vehicle’s battery is.
Type 2, CHAdeMO and CCS charging cables all feature in the network, although not all of these are available at every station. Rapid DC chargers have tethered
cables and connectors built-in to the charger, some Rapid AC and all Fast AC require you to provide your own charging lead specific to your vehicle.
Charging on the GeniePoint network
Access is via the GeniePoint App (available from Apple's App Store and Google Play). Drivers can register with GeniePoint and provide their credit/debit card details, or alternatively charge as a Guest user with no registration required. Drivers can also use an RFID card to access the chargers, either registering their own card (with RFID functionality) or by purchasing a GeniePoint RFID card at a cost of £9.
The GeniePoint Network is supported by a dedicated customer service team (no call centres) providing 24/7 telephone assistance to drivers using the network. This includes remote-start facilities for drivers requiring emergency assistance.
How much does charging cost?
GeniePoint prices have two structures for ‘rapid’ and ‘fast’ charging, with each changing depending on whether you're inside the M25 or not. Outside the M25, rapid charging requires a connection fee of £1, followed by a fee of 30p for every kilowatt-hour of electricity consumed. At this rate, a full charge of a 40kWh Nissan Leaf would cost £13. Meanwhile, fast chargers require a connection fee of 50p, while the price-per-kWh is the same.
Inside the M25, GeniePoint’s connection fees for rapid chargers go up: this amounts to £1.80, although fast charging connection fees hold steady at 50p. The price-per-kWh of electricity used also remains at 30p.
GeniePoint also employs overstay fees, used to encourage drivers to move on quickly after charging. For rapid chargers, users are billed an additional £10 if they stay longer than 90 minutes.