Tech Digest daily roundup: Fitbit devices will require Google account from 2023

Google completed its acquisition of Fitbit last year and rebranded it "Fitbit by Google," but Fitbit continued to launch wearables as it used to before getting acquired. And while customers can currently use Fitbit accounts for new devices and services, things will change from 2023 onwards. Fitbit has updated its support page to reveal that after the launch…

Which? calls for improvements to Electric Vehicle charging networks

Which? is calling for urgent improvements to the UK’s Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure as new research reveals significant flaws with the networks resulting in three-quarters (74%) of EV owners reporting dissatisfaction with the current infrastructure. The consumer watchdog believes the UK government needs to move quickly to address issues with the UK’s charging infrastructure, including…

Octopus and Ohme partner for EV charging

Octopus Electric Vehicles and smart charger provider Ohme are partnering to offer a one-stop shop for future EV drivers.  The new EV package from Octopus, which launched today (6 July, 2022), enables drivers to switch to an EV with a single bundled package which comprises a new car, Ohme Home Pro smart charger, EV energy…

Half of UK councils have spent nothing on EV infrastructure in 2021

Over half of UK councils have spent nothing on EV infrastructure in 2021, according to a study by EV service monitoring and management platform DevicePilot.  The results reveal that 2021 has been a poor year for EV infrastructure investment, with nearly two-thirds of councils receiving EV-related complaints from their constituents. While some parts of the…

Connected Kerb launches electric vehicle charging points

A “smart” system for charging electric vehicles on the street has been launched to boost the take-up of clean cars. The new public kerbside charging technology, which includes small on-street hubs called “armadillos” and “geckos” that can be attached to existing bollards or signposts, has been unveiled in Southwark, London. Connected Kerb, the company behind the…