Don’t let your electric vehicle charger be lonely – share it with your neighbours

The average home electric vehicle charger is only used a couple of times a week. The rest of the time it's lonely and neglected. But its owners will have paid anything from £600 to well over £1000 to buy and install it, whether directly or as part of a package with their car.

By putting it to work via Community Charging the charger can earn some of that cost back - whilst also helping neighbours in flats and terraces without chargers of their own go electric. Community charge point sharing is when someone makes their charger available to neighbours for regular, dependable charging. Charger owners or 'Hosts' connect with 'Chargees' via the Co Charger app, which handles 'matchmaking', bookings and payments.

Co Charger is currently the UK's only purpose-built Community Charging platform. Since its launch in November 2020 it has grown to become the 5th largest charging network in the UK, with over 6,000 users and over 2,300 available charging points, outranking established companies such as Tesla (1,963), Source London (1,602), ChargePlace Scotland (1,925) and Instavolt (663) Zap Map -January 2022.

There are currently only 29,000 public charge points (with 49,000 connectors) and they are often occupied. At the same time, around 400,000 home chargers are standing idle for the vast majority of the time. If only a tenth of them were shared with neighbours, the UK's electric vehicle charging landscape would be transformed. This additional ‘base’ charging also takes pressure off the public charging infrastructure, reducing queues and enabling more people to use route and destination charging as and when they need it.

How the other half charge

If a motorist is fortunate enough to have their own charger they've got it easy. It's just a case of plugging in their car whenever necessary. However an estimated 15 million motorists living in flats and terraces can’t install a charger at home. For them, going electric can be a daunting prospect. Public charger distribution across the UK is patchy and they might not even have a charger nearby. If they do, most public chargers aren't bookable, so the hapless motorist could end up doing repeated drive-bys in the hope of finding one that's both available and working. Then there's the choice between either walking home and back again to collect it - or sitting around for an extended period, while they wait for the car to charge.

Aspiring EV drivers need good neighbours

What's stopping more drivers going electric? Says Joel Teague, CEO of Co Charger, 'The one seemingly immovable blocker, is that if you can't have a car charger at home, it can be very hard to make the practicalities and running costs of an EV stack up. The option of charging on a neighbour's driveway can change all that. It's bookable, reliable and affordable – the next best thing to having a charger of your own.'

If you've got an electric vehicle charger – help the other half charge

Charger sharing is easy – and the Host is in control. They can prioritise their own charging schedule and only offer booking slots that are convenient for them. And it's not about having strangers come onto your property – just a few neighbours who will mostly make regular bookings, so you’ll get to know them.

'Sometimes the answer isn't more infrastructure, it's better use of what we have and through communities helping themselves,' says Joel Teague. 'At Co Charger we have shown how willing people are to share their chargers, having come from zero to the 5th largest UK network in 15 months. All it takes is the community of EV charger owners to see the benefits of sharing – to their pockets, to their communities and their planet. We need to encourage a charge point sharing culture in the UK.'

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.'

Helping the other half charge

There are altruistic benefits to helping others charge too - the relief at finding an available charger near home can be palpable. Just last week, Sheffield motorist, Edward Byward, posted on social media saying ‘As my EV followers know, I cannot charge at home, nor even park outside most days.

‘Helpfully, a neighbour just down the street has gone electric and has off street parking - and has registered his home charge point on @Co_Charger. So now I can charge at his!’

'The community side is wonderful, and a strong element of what Community charging is about,' says Joel. 'It increases interaction between neighbours and whilst some Hosts do it for the extra income, the ability to actively help others, as well as improving local air quality and the environment, is a huge incentive for many.'

Notes to Editors

Editor’s Notes

Media contact and interviews

Co Charger CEO Joel Teague is available for interview via Skype, Zoom or in person
email -
01392 240840
07941 888679
Maria McCarthy – /07799527974

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

Sources and references

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 -
According to research by the RAC, as of April 2021, there are 239,000 pure electric vehicles on UK roads and 259,000 plug-in hybrids – making 498,000 vehicles. According to the Energy Saving Trust, 80% of charging is done at home, giving 398,400 home charge points in April 2021 – since then, numbers will have risen to over 400,000.

Co Charger attracts £500,000 investment during 2021

During 2021 Co Charger raised £500,000 both via the ethical fundraising site Ethex and from independent investors.

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

Joel Teague of Co Charger has 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) and other environmental and business organisations including 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.

How Co Charger was conceived

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 that it would lead to the development 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 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.'

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 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 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 are 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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