Can shared home electric vehicle chargers be the oases in the EV 'charging deserts'?

A recent report by the Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) on the UK's electric vehicle charge point network acknowledged that some sectors, such as charging at workplaces, shopping centres and private parking (garages and driveways) are doing well. However, there are areas of concern, including the roll-out of on-street charging by local authorities being too slow, and rural areas being left behind with not enough charge points due to lack of investment.

This has led to 'charging deserts' with some areas having far more chargers available than others for example – London has 80 per 10,000 of population, whilst Yorkshire and Humber has only 20. More details in Further action needed on EV charging to meet Net Zero.

Rather than just focusing on more public electric chargers – let's make the most of the home electric vehicle chargers already installed

Whilst there are around 39,000 public chargers in the UK, there are over 400,000 home electric vehicle chargers. By sharing some of these chargers though Community Charging people living in flats and terraces who live in a 'charging desert' or who would rather not be reliant on a public charger can make the shift to electric motoring sooner.

Community Charging is the utilisation of community resources including chargers, space and infrastructure to allow members of that community to run electric vehicles. Co Charger is currently the only purpose-built Community Charging platform.

Co Charger enables those who have chargers, whether motorists, businesses or community buildings to share them with neighbours who don't. It connects Hosts with Chargees. Hosts are motorists and organisations with an EV charger they'd be open to sharing. Chargees are people who have an electric vehicle, or are considering buying one but aren't able to charge at home. The app handles the 'matchmaking', communications, bookings, reminders, calculatations and payments – how it works is described in Co Charger's latest video Co Charger – Together We're Electrifying.

The process and payment structure is deliberately very simple. At the end of each charging session the Chargee pays via a card pre-registered in the app and the Host receives that payment minus Co Charger's 12% fee. There is no other cost or commitment.

For a motorist living in a flat or terrace without a nearby public charger, being able to use a neighbour's charger can represent an 'oasis' in the 'charging desert.'

Joel Teague, CEO of Co Charger says, 'Yes, we need more public chargers, but we already have hundreds of thousands of private ones, paid for and maintained that do nothing for all but a few hours a week. Charge point sharing can rapidly increase the number of available chargers – right now, without waiting for additional government funding or upgrading of the charging infrastructure. It's a quick, cheap, self-scaling solution. What's really important is to help those motorists desperate to get out of their fossil fuel vehicle and into an electric one but who are blocked because they don't have anywhere to charge. By charging on a neighbour's driveway they'll have access to reliable, bookable, affordable charging – the closest possible experience to having a charger of their own. All it takes is for the community of EV charge point owners to see the benefits of sharing – to their pockets, to their communities and to the planet. We need everyone working in sustainable transport – especially in government – to bring about a charge point sharing culture in the UK.'

Co Charger has more EV charging points available than Tesla Destination Chargers

Co Charger now has over 1,628 Hosts with driveway chargers available to rent. This is higher than the number of Tesla Destination chargers, which currently stands at 1176( Zap Map data July 2021). Co Charger's total user base is 3,905 and has grown on average over 40% a month during 2021. Co Charger now has Hosts and Chargees in every major UK city and town.

Co Charger is raising investment via the highly Ethex platform – to find out more go to https://www.ethex.org.uk/invest/co-charger. Co Charger also plans to extend to other markets and has had enquiries from the USA, Canada, Spain, The Netherlands, Sweden and Australia.

Co Charger in the media

Co Charger has attracted significant amounts of media attention, having featured on BBC News Channel, Radio 5 Live and many other outlets. It has been covered in The Guardian 'Got an electric car charger at home? Share it and earn cash '

Autocar Good Neighbours: an EV charging solution for motorists with no driveway

Forbes 'Charger sharing could be the solution to the EV infrastructure problem'

and The Sunday Times 'Can't find an electric car charger – rent the neighbour's',

It has also been featured on Fully Charged Plus, in which EV expert Robert Llewellyn interviews Joel Teague 'No driveway, no problem!'

From petrol-head to electric vehicle superfan.

When reformed petrol-head turned electric vehicle superfan Joel Teague was convinced to buy an electric car by a neighbour five years ago, he little realised it would lead to his developing the concept of Community Charging.

'I used to drive Jaguars, which I would buy second-hand,' explains Joel. 'But after persuasion by a neighbour I decided to invest in a new Renault Zoe because it offered a smooth, quiet ride and was an ethical choice. The car arrived but the charger installation was delayed and the nearest public charger was seven miles away. I ended up giving that same neighbour a few quid to use their charger once a week until mine arrived. It was such an easy, convenient arrangement and led to a lightbulb moment in which I realised that connecting communities via an app to share chargers could unlock electric vehicle ownership for millions of motorists.'

Notes to Editors

Notes to editors

Ethex investment
"With Community Charging now a reality and people all over the UK using Co Charger to switch to electric motoring, the company is raising investment through the highly respected Ethex platform. This funding will allow Co Charger to accelerate its journey to becoming a major enabler to EV transition in the UK and beyond. Through this crowdfunding raise, people with an interest in sustainability and electric vehicles can be part of this journey. To find out more go to https://www.ethex.org.uk/invest/co-charger”

Co Charger covered in
Co Charger has been featured on BBC News Channel, Radio 5 Live, in Autocar , Forbes and The Sunday Times, and is a member of the Society of Motor manufacturers and traders (SMMT). It is also engaged with the Energy Saving Trust, the Renewable Energy Association, the Office for Zero Emissions Vehicles (OZEV) and other environmental and business organisations including major car manufacturers.
CEO Joel Teague is on the EV forum of the Renewable Energy Association.

Media contact and interviews
Co Charger CEO Joel Teague is available for interview via Skype, Zoom or in person,
Phone
01392 240840
07941 888679
email - Joel.Teague@co-charger.com

Co Charger director Sam Routledge samro@samroutledge.com

About Co Charger
Co Charger is developing a community that will help accelerate electric vehicle adoption. Through our app and collaborations we enable people who cannot charge a vehicle at home to do so within a short walking distance.
Co Charger is an environmentally and socially responsible company and aiming to become a B corporation certified organisation.
Co Charger is affiliated with the Co Cars family which also includes Co Bikes and Co Delivery. Together we are accelerating towards a shared, zero-emissions future.

Co Charger is actively collaborating with other organisations and businesses such as councils and car manufacturers to raise awareness of Community Charging and help accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles.

Payment operates via 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 are available in the Co Charger FAQs.

Co Charger Host – financial incentive
If a Host has 4 Chargees each doing an average mileage (7800) in cars with average efficiency a host could potentially make £470 a year in total.
This is based on the Host having an electricity tariff of 15p per kWh, and charging £1.70 an hour.
If the Host and the 4 Chargees use charge scheduling to use cheap electricity on a variable tariff (eg Octopus Go at 5p per kWh from 00.30am to 04.30am) the Host's profit rises to over £1300 a year.
Each of the 4 Chargees would be paying around £9 a week/£480 per year to charge their cars and would not have the added expense of installing a charger.

Unlocking the benefits of electric vehicle ownership for all motorists
Once electric vehicle ownership was seen as an eco-friendly but expensive choice. But with list prices dropping, and second-hand vehicles coming onto the market it's now becoming an attractive option for the budget conscious. With running costs at around 4-6p a mile rather than 12p for a petrol or diesel car (Energy Saving Trust) running an electric vehicle can offer significant savings.

Sources and references

Motor Trade news – One EV registered every 3 minutes in the UK 2020

The Times Poshest addresses lead the charge for electric vehicles
Autocar Report reveals stark disparities in electric car ownership

English Housing Survey 2016
At least 40% of people live in terraced houses or flats without a private driveway.

Connected Kerb research – Moving from early adopters to mainstream buyers report
67% of electric vehicle owners would not have made the switch if they had to rely on public chargers. And nearly 9 in 10 of non-EV owners would be encouraged to make their next car purchase an EV if they had a space to charge it overnight.
Energy Saving Trust
cost of running and electric car
Estimated number of public chargers
Go Ultra Low - number of public charging points in the UK
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 the amount of home charge points in the UK.
However, it is possible to work from the following data -
By October 2020 OLEV has funded 120,000 home chargers. In addition some car manufacturers offer free charger installation with purchase of a new vehicle.
As of November 2020 there are an estimated 385,000 plug-in cars and vans in the UK. 80% of these motorists charge at home (according to the Energy Saving Trust). This gives estimated 308,000 home charge points.


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