A private rental scheme for private owners’ EV charge points is to be launched later this month, named Chargie.
The service, which is comparable to private accommodation rental app Airbnb, allows owners of home EV charge points to rent out the chargers to EV owners, who book the charger in advance. Users are already being registered, but the service is officially launched on 16 May.
The service currently operates from a website, but its founders are currently working on an app for launch within 3-4 months which is expected to further bolster registrations.
Rental prices are decided by the charge point owner, but the company adds its 10% service fee on top of this for registered EV charge point owners, or 20% for those who use the service to charge only. Chargie says that the cost to the homeowner is between £2 and £4 per charge.
Chargie claims to be the first private EV charger rental service in the UK, and could more than double the UK’s EV charger network, depending on the number of home EV charger owners who sign up.
The company hopes to help grow the uptake of EVs by increasing the charger network in this way; there are currently around 12,500 public charge points available in the UK, and the company hopes to grow this number to create a network of publicly available EV chargers considerably more than this, with a pool of around 100,000 plug-in cars on UK roads.
Chargie was set up by EV-owning husband and wife Jan Stannard and Jeremy Coulter; the idea was born after the couple found no local charging point near a holiday destination in the UK.