Traditionally I’m a late adopter of new technology, mainly because I grew up deep in the westcountry and therefore have an inbuilt suspicion of shiny things.

However, I was fascinated by the compelling EV argument put forward by Polar, the UK’s first privately funded nationwide EV charging network, which has launched yesterday in London.

The company behind Polar, Chargemaster, has an ambitious vision for the future of EV technology. It plans to install 4000 electric vehicle charging bays in 100 towns and cities by the end of next year. EV users will ‘subscribe’ to use Polar’s network, at a cost that will be less than £25 per month in the beginning.

A couple of aspects of the plan stood out for me. The first was Chargemaster’s idea of an iPhone and iPad app that will tell subscribers where the nearest Polar charging point is and – crucially – whether it is currently in use.