Co Charger, the only purpose-built home electric vehicle (EV) charger sharing platform, has reached 10,000 users and over 3,500 available charge points. Launched in November 2020, Co Charger has pioneered the concept of community charging.
This scheme enables motorists with electric vehicle chargers to rent them out to drivers without driveways or living in flats or terraces. Through the Co Charger app, the company helps people who can’t install a charger at home charge just minutes away.
Co Charger is now the third-largest and fastest-growing UK charging network. It’s bigger than bp pulse (2718), Tesla (Destination and Supercharger 1876) and ChargePlace Scotland (458) according to Zap-Map, the UK’s leading app and digital platform for electric vehicledrivers to search.
Joel Teague, Co Charger CEO, said: “Community Charging is a game-changer in the UK’s transition to electric vehicles. Over the past months, it has gained support from the government, councils, and leading industry figures.
“Most importantly, the rapid growth of users and charging sessions has shown Community Charging working in the real world.”
The Co Charger app handles the ‘matchmaking’, bookings and payments helping to make life simple for users. Ultimately, this helps drivers run an electric vehicle without being dependent on public charging.
Bradley Smith, EV owner from Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, said: “Co Charger just swung having an electric vehicle for me. I’m not able to charge at home and it took away any anxiety from charging on the public network.
“The app connected me with a neighbour 10 minutes’ walk away and handles all the bookings and payments. I plug in after dropping my daughter off at school and walk home. It’s so simple.”
Edmund King OBE, President of the AA, said: “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.”