Chargie, has launched what they claim is the world’s first dedicated and bookable peer-to-peer electric vehicle charging service. The business offers consumers a platform on which to book their EV’s a charge at domestic, wall-mounted chargepoints of other electric vehicle owners.
To understand the business model think AirBnB for EV charging. The EV owner an exterior-wall-mounted chargepoint on the Chargie website and sends a booking request to the owner. The owner can then review the profile of the person making the booking before accepting or declining it. Once the booking is accepted, the user pays via Chargie. The chargepoint owner specifies their per-charge cost when they register on Chargie and Chargie adds a small service fee.Registration and search are free, and chargepoint owners can specify when their units are available.
At launch the service has more than 60 chargepoints across the country. Chargepoint owners are steadily adding new locations to the map. One such owner is Richard, from Grange-over-Sands in Cumbria, an EV enthusiast for environmental reasons, he has put two chargepoints on Chargie. Richard lives at the finishing point of walks across Morecambe Bay and he can see how travellers could leave their car charging with him while they spend the day walking.
Chargie co-founder Jan Stannard said: “Chargie will start to change the way EV drivers think about charging options. At the moment, they think about ‘home’ charging and ‘pit-stop’ charging at a motorway or similar public chargepoint. With Chargie, they have ‘stop-off’ and ‘destination’ charging, with the advantage of a formalised booking system and a charge you can rely on while you shop, attend a meeting, or charge overnight when on holiday.”