Call for residents of new builds benefiting from mandatory EV chargers to share them – by a motorist who is already doing it

From 15th June 2022 all new homes and buildings such as supermarkets or workplaces built in England, will be required to have electric vehicle (EV) charging points installed. Not only will this make it far easier for residents of new build homes to run an EV – they will also have the option to rent their charger out to help their neighbourhood go greener and earn additional income.

Alex Johnstone, an IT specialist from Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear says, 'I live in a new build property and was keen to run an EV. I've got a Jaguar i-Pace, which I love. In my case the property didn't come with a charger, so I had to install my own. A lot of my neighbours live in flats and terraces and can't have a charger, so I rent mine out via a Community Charging scheme called Co Charger . The app handles the 'matchmaking', bookings, and payments. I can choose the rental price and am gradually earning back the expenses involved with installing my charger. I've already helped 6 motorists to charge their EVs. I think it's good news that the government is making EV chargers mandatory in new builds as it will make it easier for residents to shift to an EV without paying charger installation costs upfront. They'll also have the option to rent it out to their community regardless of whether they run an EV or even have a car at all.'

Joel Teague, CEO of Co Charger who is on the Electric Vehicles forum of the Renewable Energy Association and an expert on the EV market says, 'This new legislation will be ideal for residents of new build properties who want to run an EV. But the fact is some may prefer to stick with their petrol or diesel vehicle, choose not to have a car at all or maybe don't even possess a driving licence. In any of these latter cases the charger, which is an expensive piece of equipment could be left gathering dust for years or even decades. Yet there are 14 million people in the UK who live in flats and terraces many of whom are desperate to get out of their fossil fuel vehicles but don't have access to a charger of their own or accessible and reliable public ones. We need to take the emphasis off just purchasing more public chargers, which are expensive to install and maintain and make the most of home driveway chargers via neighbourhood charger sharing. It's hoped that the new rules about EV chargers in new build homes will lead to the installation of an additional 145,000 charge points every year. If just 10% of these were rented out to neighbours that would mean an additional 14,500 charge points annually – without any additional holes being dug in the road or public money spent.'

How renting out home electric vehicle chargers can help save the planet – and generate cash

Electric vehicle charger owners can become ‘Hosts’ by renting out their chargers to a few neighbours. 'Chargees' are motorists who need bookable, reliable, and affordable charging close to home. Co Charger, the only purpose-built EV charger sharing platform connects them via their app which handles the 'matchmaking', bookings and payments.

As we are all aware electricity prices are rising significantly. But by setting an appropriate price for the charger rental above the costs of provision the Host can make additional income. Prospective Hosts generally decide what to charge by assessing their own overall costs and also checking out what other local Hosts are asking. The Host is always in control and can arrange to accept bookings only at times that are convenient for them, such as when they can park elsewhere or are at work. And there's no need for concern about having strangers on their driveway 'Chargees' will be neighbours who mostly make regular bookings.

Community Charging has support from the government, which highlighted it in their 'Taking Charge: the electric vehicle infrastructure strategy' report, in which it stated that 'Peer to peer charging (also known as Community Charging) will see many people making their private charge points available to rent.' Councils such as Kent and Dorset are flagging up Community Charging on their websites, and it is supported by key industry figures such as AA President Edmund King.

Co Charger is the only purpose-built Community Charging app. Since its launch in November 2020 it has 9,425 users and 3,382 charge points – more than Tesla (supercharger and destination 1876) or BP Pulse (3052) Instavolt (777) Zap Map Data June 2022

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Media contact and interviews

Co Charger CEO Joel Teague is available for interview. He is very experienced with broadcast media and has appeared on BBC News Channel, Sky, ITN, Radio 4/You and Yours, Wake up to Money and many other outlets.
Joel Teague – /07941 888679

Maria McCarthy – /07799527974

AA President Edmund King supports Community Charger Sharing

Community Charging is supported by Edmund King OBE, the President of the AA who says, 'More emphasis needs to be given to the third of households with no dedicated off-street parking provision whose residents may struggle to charge their EVs. This is where Community Charging and charge point sharing has a massive role to play. This will be a positive way of levelling up, so we can give power to all electric drivers, no matter where they live.'
Edmund King also made a video in support of Community Charging and posted it on Linkedin

Case studies

We can offer Co Charger case studies of Hosts and Chargees for quotes and broadcast.

Sources and references

Government press release New homes to produce nearly a third less carbon
From 15th June 2022 all new homes and buildings such as supermarkets or workplaces built in England, will be required to have electric vehicle (EV) charging points installed.
Properties undergoing major renovation will also be included. This initiative is the result of changes to the Government's Building Regulations which introduce a range of measures such as solar panel installation and improved insulation to ensure that new homes and buildings produce significantly less CO2.

Estimated number of home chargers
According to a recent query to the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) there is not an exact number available for home charge points in the UK.
However, it is possible to work from the following data:-
Recent OZEV grant statistics state that 332,000 home chargers have been installed with the assistance of government grants since 2013.
In addition, the SMMT and ZapMap (May 2022) state there are more than 480,000 pure electric vehicles on UK roads and more than 394,000 plug-in hybrids. According to Which?, 87% of charging is done at home, so if even just over 80% of the fully electric vehicles alone have a home charger there will be over 400,000 home charge points across the UK. Given many owners of hybrid vehicles will also have home chargers, this is likely to be a considerable under-estimate of the true number around.

Support for Co Charger from the automotive industry, government and media

Co Charger featured in the government’s latest EV infrastructure report (25 Mar 2022), Taking Charge: the electric vehicle infrastructure strategy (p35 and 41) as a means of expanding the UK’s charging network. Joel Teague of Co Charger has also met with Trudy Harrison, the Under-Secretary of State for Transport, who is supportive of Community Charging. Co Charger is also engaged with the Energy Saving Trust, the Renewable Energy Association, the Office for Zero Emissions Vehicles (OZEV), several local authorities, and other environmental and business organisations, including motoring associations and major car manufacturers.

Co Charger has attracted a lot of media interest, including coverage on BBC and Sky News, Radio 4/You and Yours, The Sunday Times, The Guardian and Autocar.

About Co Charger

Co Charger is the UK’s only purpose-built Community Charging app and uses this community to help accelerate electric vehicle adoption. The service has more than 3,000 registered Hosts, equating to the fourth biggest EV charging network in the UK. Through the app and collaborations, Co Charger enables people who cannot charge a vehicle at home to do so within a short walking distance.

Payment operates with the Chargee paying Co Charger and Co Charger passing that onto the host, after taking a nominal fee. The Co Charger app is available for both iOS and Android, free to download and there is no subscription. More information about how charging sessions are managed is available in the Co Charger FAQs.

Summing up Co Charger in 60 seconds – YouTube video - Co Charger – Together We're Electrifying!

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