How charging your electric vehicle on your neighbour's driveway became a top motoring trend in 2021

What an amazing year it's been for electric vehicles! The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) revealed that sales of battery electric vehicles in November 2021 were twice that of November 2020 and one in every six new cars purchased is now a plug-in.

Despite this, the report also stated that the rate of growth in public charging infrastructure is falling behind with only one charger installed for every 52 new plug-in cars registered this year.

Growing impact and influence of Community Charging during 2021

However, Community Charging, a new development which has really taken off in 2021 and is set to get even bigger in 2022, is transforming the UK's electric vehicle charging landscape. It is helping ensure the 15 million motorists living in flats and terraces aren't 'locked out' of electric vehicle ownership because they can't charge at home.

What is Community Charging?

Community Charging enables 'Hosts', who have EV chargers on their driveways to share them with 'Chargees' - motorists who can't charge at home and who would welcome the chance to access bookable, reliable and affordable charging on a neighbour's driveway. The 'Host' can make additional income whilst the 'Chargee' can transition to electric sooner. And both of them know they're helping make their neighbourhood cleaner and greener.

AA President Edmund King supports Community Charging

Community Charging is backed 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.'

From 'start-up' to fifth biggest EV charging network with more charge points than Tesla'.

Co Charger is currently the UK's only purpose-built Community Charging platform. After extensive research and development, it was launched in November 2020. The Co Charger app handles all the 'matchmaking', bookings and payments.

This time last year very few people were even aware of Community Charging. But since its launch Co Charger has grown to become the 5th largest charging network in the UK, with almost 6000 users and over 2200 available charging points via its 'Hosts'.

This outranks established companies such as Tesla with 1959 chargers (1179 destination chargers and 780 superchargers), Source London (1605), Instavolt (657) and ChargePlace Scotland (1908) Zap-Map December 2021 .

Charger sharing via Co Charger offers motorists more charging options, whether that's in highly populated cities where there's increasing pressure on available charge points or in rural villages where it might not be economically viable for a company or council to install charge points.

There are currently around 40,000 electric vehicle charge points available in the UK but ten times that number of home chargers. If even 1 in 10 of these was shared the number of available charge points would double – right now, without any additional funding, planning, road digging, or upgrading of the charging infrastructure.

Says Joel Teague, CEO of Co Charger, 'We’ve seen massive interest in Community Charging during 2021 with thousands of motorists signing up as Hosts and Chargees, 150 individuals coming on board to invest £500,000 as part of our seed plus fundraising and extensive media coverage. The response within the industry and from government has been overwhelmingly positive.

'You don't often get an idea that benefits everyone at the cost of no one, but that's what Community Charging offers. Everyone benefits from the environmental improvements of course. But economically it solves problems for a lot of sectors: car companies can ensure that no one leaves a showroom with a fossil-fuel vehicle just because they can't charge at home. Central and local government, as well as key government and industry figures, get an immediate, free boost towards their environmental targets. Public charger companies see more EVs on the road sooner, boosting their customer base. Fleet owners can electrify sooner, and renewable energy providers actually see fossil-fuel money diverted into clean energy via their customers' domestic supplies. This is what collaborative thinking and an openness to innovation brings, and we're very proud of being part of that.

‘Going into 2022, the uptake of electric vehicles is set to increase even further. For the millions of motorists who can’t have their own charger and are eager to get out of their polluting fossil fuel vehicle and transition to greener electric motoring, Community Charging and Co Charger help make that a reality.’

Co Charger in action – making it easier to go electric

'By far the most satisfying part of Co Charger's success has been seeing the difference it makes out in the real world,' says Joel Teague. 'We really value the emails and social media messages we receive from users saying how it's helped them go electric.'

One example is Craig Lambie, from Sandbach in Cheshire. Property developer Craig and his wife wanted to go electric because of their concern about climate change. However, they live in a terraced house and got their Kia e-Nero knowing they wouldn't be able to have a charger of their own.

Initially they managed using public chargers. But then Craig spotted Co Charger on social media and signed up. Since then, he's been charging with Host Stuart Hunt, who lives a 15 minute walk away.

'If you don't have off-street parking Co Charger is definitely the best solution,' says Craig. 'Bookings and payments have been simple and easy. My Host has solar panels and a renewable energy tariff, and I appreciate the opportunity to charge overnight, at a time when I'll be using the greenest energy possible. I highly recommend that EV charge point owners sign up as Co Charger Hosts and help their neighbours transition to electric. As an added bonus, it's been great to connect with another electric vehicle fan locally! '

Notes to Editors

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
Co Charger director Sam Routledge

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

Sources and references

SMMT comment on electric vehicle sales figures and the need for increased public chargers

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 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 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!

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.

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