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Bookings open for Airbnb-style charging service

By / 4 years ago / UK News / 1 Comment

A new EV charging service that enables drivers to use domestic, wall-mounted chargepoints of other members has gone live in the UK with over 60 chargepoints on its books. 

Chargie EV service

Since 2 May, more than 60 EV charge oints across the UK have been registered for the Chargie service.

The Chargie service is based on the Airbnb concept for hospitality. Homeowners can sign up to the service to make extra money and help other EV drivers. Chargepoints are then listed on the website and the driver wishing to charge their car can send a booking request, which the homeowner can accept or decline. Payment and confirmation is made via the system, with an app planned for the future.

As well as seeing interest from homeowners, the firm says it’s had a very positive response from B&B and hotel owners, who regard bookable charging as an added attraction at their locations.

Chargie’s founders also say they’ve received several approaches from potential investors in the last two weeks and are now in discussions about possible investment, while they’re also looking into international expansion in response to driver requests.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news - or gossip.