Top Gear presenter road tests Livingston-born tech

Motoring expert gets charged up by Route Monkey’s new EV Journey Planner

Motoring expert and television presenter Quentin Willson has given his seal of approval to a new web app for electric vehicle (EV) drivers developed in Livingston.
The new tech – a dedicated EV journey planner designed to banish the phenomenon of ‘range anxiety’ by optimising routes for electric cars – has been developed by Livingston-based route optimisation specialist Route Monkey, which is part of the Trakm8 Group.
Willson, a former Top Gear presenter and renowned EV advocate, was among the first to try a demo version of the MyRouteMonkey app. He used it during a round trip from Milton Keynes to Birmingham and documented his journey in a video.
He said: “Having so much charging point data in the palm of your hand is a huge step forward for EV drivers. MyRouteMonkey shows you it all on your smartphone – the exact location, cost, plug types, supplier and power level. It makes range anxiety a thing of the past.”
The EV Journey Planner
The driver logs in via a web portal and inputs their start point, destination, and type of EV into MyRouteMonkey. The web app then calculates the best route and provides instructions on when and where to stop to recharge the battery.
The driver can even specify how much battery charge they want their vehicle to retain at the end of the journey, making sure they don’t get caught short before the next trip.
This technology, which was developed with R&D funding support from Scottish Enterprise, will be made available as a free app to encourage even more drivers to make the switch to EVs.
Colin Ferguson, Managing Director of Trakm8 Group Fleet and Optimisation, said: “Thanks to the support of Scottish Enterprise, we’ll be rolling out this free web app to the public. I am delighted that Quentin Willson approves of the technology and look forward to launching it in May.”
The MyRouteMonkey app will be officially launched at the GreenFleet Evolution show at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh on 5 May, after which the app will be available for free. 
To sign up for the app, visit the website, which features more information on all aspects of EV ownership and driving.