Government’s 1.6 billion Electric Vehicle Infrastructure announcement​ Press response to by Joel Teague, CEO of Co Charger

The Government's 1.6 billion Electric Vehicle Infrastructure strategy proposals show a welcome commitment to EV uptake,' says Joel Teague, CEO of Co Charger, a home electric charger sharing app. 'We are especially pleased to see the Government highlighting the need for community charging, as well as tackling resilience and reliability. The latter is a major issue and it’s frustrating when motorists travel to public chargers only to find them not working. Trust in the infrastructure is essential for an effective transition to EVs. However, we do have reservations about some of the proposals - for example, insisting that all the current infrastructure uses contactless payments could be challenging and make the rollout slower and more expensive.'

Comment on EV charging infrastructure and Community Charging

'At Co Charger we are delighted to see Community Charging included in the Government's Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy report (p35). Community Charging involves sharing home electric vehicle charge points and enables motorists with home chargers to rent them out to neighbours who live in flats and terraces. The 'matchmaking', bookings and payments are all taken care of via an app. For the estimated 14 million motorists who can't have a car charger at home this can give them access to bookable, reliable, affordable charging and finally allow them to run an electric vehicle. Community Charging means that rather than waiting for future private, national, and local government investment in charging infrastructure to be rolled out, communities can revolutionise the EV charging network now. At Co Charger we have found that people are very willing to share their chargers, having come from zero to over 2,700 available charge points and 7,500 users in less than 15 months.

There are around 30,000 public charge point devices in the UK – and 400,000 home chargers. If only one in ten of the latter were shared with neighbours, it would double the number of available chargers overnight. Not everyone can share their charge point – for example if they don't have somewhere to put their own car while someone else uses it. But for those who can, it's a quick, cheap, self-scaling and universally beneficial solution that saves tax-payers’ money and shows the answer isn't just investing in more infrastructure – it's in better use of what we already have.

It's time for motorists and everyone working in sustainable transport to help bring about change and start creating a charge point sharing culture across the UK.'

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Media contact and interviews

Co Charger CEO Joel Teague is available for interview via Skype, Zoom or in person
email -
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.

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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.

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), 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 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. 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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