How do we double the number of electric vehicle charge points overnight? EV charge point sharing!

There are currently around 39,000 public electric vehicle charge points available in the UK and over 400,000 home chargers. By sharing even a fraction of them via Community Charging, electric vehicle uptake can be transformed.

Co Charger – rapid expansion and making electric vehicle charger sharing a reality

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.

The Co Charger app connects 'Hosts' – motorists with an electric vehicle charger they are happy to share with 'Chargees' – motorists who can't charge at home and who would welcome the chance to access convenient, affordable charging on a neighbour's driveway. The Co Charger app handles all the 'matchmaking', bookings and payments – how it works is described in this video Co Charger – Together We're Electrifying.

Co Charger was launched in November 2020 and during 2021 has seen 34% growth month-on-month - including 1,000 new users during May 2021.

User numbers are currently 4114, with 2413 Chargees and 1701 Hosts. These Host numbers means Co Charger already has more charge points available than many other charge point companies. For example, it outnumbers Tesla's Destination Chargers (1181) according to Zap-Map statistics August 2021.

Becoming a Co Charger Host is an simple way for motorists to help their neighbourhood become greener and combat climate change

Downloading the Co Charger app is free and easy and the host sets the price they want to charge for the electricity and which bookings to accept. They are in control at all times. With a few taps on their phone, a charger owner can help create a cleaner, greener neighbourhood – as well as making some additional income through regular bookings.

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.

Doubling the available public charge points

So all that's needed to double the available public chargers without a single hole being dug or a cable laid is for just 10% of the 400,000 home charger owners to decide to share their charger – making 40,000 chargers available straight away.

Joel Teague, CEO of Co Charger says, 'Sometimes the option isn't more hardware. It's making better use of what we have and through communities helping themselves. At Co Charger we have shown how people are very willing to share their chargers, having come from zero to nearly 1700 charge points on our network in 10 months and and average growth of over 30% per month this year – all without so much as fitting a new fuse.'

Becoming a Co Charger Chargee can help motorists without their own driveway charger to transition from an ICE vehicle to an electric one.

According to the English Housing Survey. around 40% (14.5 million) motorists live in a flat or terraced house and can't have a charger at home. Research by EV infrastructure company Connected Kerb From early adopters to mainstream buyers reveals that two thirds of existing 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.

And with Co Charger, that space can be their neighbour's driveway – a far more dependable and affordable option than a public charger, which might be some distance away, booked up or even broken.

'Charging at a nearby neighbour's offers what motorists actually need to make the switch to an electric vehicle,' says Joel Teague. 'It's convenient, and you can go home to bed while the car charges overnight. It's the closest possible experience to having a charger of your own. We have had Chargees buy their first ever electric vehicle because they now have the convenient and easy option of charging at their neighbours. Community Charging and Co Charger gets people out of ICE vehicles and into electric ones – and with the growing climate crisis and deaths and illnesses from air pollution that's what's desperately needed right now.'

Joel adds, '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. 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 and especially in government – to bring about a charge point sharing culture in the UK.'

Co Charger is raising investment via the highly respected Ethex platform – to find out more go to

Co Charger is currently UK based but interest has been shown globally – including the USA, Canada, Australia, Spain and the Netherlands.

Co Charger host Stefano Tonell

Retired architect Stefano Tonelli from Dulwich spotted Co Charger on social media and signed up as a host straight away. 'We live in a house with a driveway and have our own charger, but most of my neighbours live in Victorian terraced houses,' Stefano explains. 'We are just inside the South Circular and both the traffic and pollution levels are high. My attitude is that we owe it to the world and our children to go greener. If I can help my neighbours switch to electric cars by sharing my charger I'm delighted to do so.'

More information about Stefano and images can be found here – other case studies of Hosts and Chargees are available.

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

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”

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,


01392 240840

07941 888679

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Co Charger director Sam Routledge

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 -

According to research by the RAC there 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 .

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