How do you double the charging factors for electrical autos in a single day? Share EV charging stations!
DETROIT – There are currently around 39,000 public charging stations for electric vehicles and over 400,000 home chargers in the UK. If even a fraction of it is shared via community charging, the acceptance of electric vehicles can be changed. Co Charger – rapid expansion and sharing of charging stations for electric vehicles
Community charging is the use of community resources, including chargers, space and infrastructure, to enable members of that community to operate electric vehicles. Co Charger is currently the only specially developed community charging platform.
The Co Charger app connects “hosts” – drivers with a charger for electric vehicles that they would like to share with “Chargees” – drivers who cannot charge at home and would appreciate the convenient and inexpensive charging in the neighbour’s driveway. The Co Charger app handles all 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 grew 34% monthly in 2021 – including 1,000 new users in May 2021.
The number of users is currently 4048 with 2369 charges and 1679 hosts. These host numbers mean that Co Charger already has more charging points available than many other charging point companies. For example, according to Zap-Map statistics from August 2021, it exceeds Tesla’s Destination Chargers (1181).
Becoming a co-charger host is an easy way for drivers to green their neighborhoods and fight 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 are accepted. You are in control at all times. With a few taps on their phone, a charger owner can help create a cleaner, greener neighborhood – and generate additional income through regular bookings.
The process and payment structure is deliberately kept very simple. At the end of each charging session, the biller pays using a card pre-registered in the app and the host receives this payment minus the fee of 12% of the co-charger. There are no further costs or obligations.
Doubling of the available public charging points
To double the public chargers available without digging a single hole or laying a cable, only 10% of 400,000 home charger owners need to choose to share their charger – 40,000 chargers are instantly available.
Joel Teague, CEO of Co Charger, says, “Sometimes the option is no longer hardware. It’s about making better use of what we have and helping ourselves through communities. At Co Charger we showed how willing people are to share their chargers as we’ve gone from zero to nearly 1700 charging points on our network in 10 months and this year we’ve got an average growth of over 30% per month – all without even fitting a new fuse. ‘
Becoming a Co Charger Chargee can help drivers who do not have their own charger to switch from an ICE vehicle to an electric vehicle.
According to the UK Housing Survey. around 40% 0% (14.5 million) drivers live in an apartment or a row house and cannot have a charger at home. Research by EV infrastructure company Connected Curb From Early Adopters to Mainstream Buyers shows that two-thirds of existing EV owners would not have made the switch if they relied on public chargers. And nearly 9 in 10 non-electric vehicle owners would be encouraged to buy an electric vehicle the next time they buy a car if they had a place to charge it overnight.
And with Co Charger, that space can be the neighbour’s driveway – a far more reliable and cost-effective option than a public charger, which can be far away, fully booked or even broken.
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