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New scheme puts Airbnb concept to use for EV charging

Renault has launched a new scheme that give Swedish drivers the opportunity to recharge their electric car at someone else’s home.

Dubbed Elbnb, the scheme is based on the Airbnb concept which provides an online marketplace to enable people to list, find, and rent vacation homes in return for a fee.

Intended to help overcome any shortages in the charging scheme, the scheme enables people to share their outlet to fill the gaps in the network.

Using the website, drivers can find where they can borrow a power outlet for an electric car over the weekend, night or per hour for a possible payment.

In a statement, the company said Elbnb is an “initiative to get Sweden to share their electricity, so that together we can help all drivers and change Sweden – one cord at a time. With a lack of infrastructure around the charging stations for electric cars, we saw potential in uniting people together and do something about the situation.”

Natalie Middleton

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