Fleets exploring how charger sharing could transform switch to EVs
An app that allows EV drivers to access charging points at neighbouring flats and terraces is fast gathering interest among fleets for its ability to help fleets shift to electric vehicles.
The Co Charger app brings a solution to the estimated 40% of drivers who don’t have a driveway and will never be able to charge at home. By connecting a ‘host’ or charger owner with motorists who would like to rent their charger for a fee, the app enables hosts to help other drivers to go electric, and even make a bit of money for the electricity, while the ‘chargee’ gets the closest experience possible to home charging.
The app launched some six months ago and Co Charger CEO Joel Teague said he’s already talking to fleet operators such as DPD, Centrica and Sherbet Cabs about how Co Charger can enable them to accelerate and streamline their ambitious electrification programmes, at no cost and to the benefit of everyone.
He explained: “Electrification represents a huge opportunity for fleet operators to transform many aspects of their operations, while also improving air quality and saving lives wherever they operate. However, when it comes to ‘return-to-home’ vehicles, the ability for drivers to charge their vehicles while at home is crucial to realising these benefits fully. The Co Charger model is perfect for this, allowing drivers without driveways to start each day with a full battery courtesy of a neighbour’s charge point, and those with driveways to make a significant income from renting their chargers to their neighbours. Fleet operators see improved logistics and costs, with reduced reliance on public chargers and charging in operational hours. It is also excellent PR.”
The app takes care of everything – from bookings to payment – and could, according to the company, help play a vital role in supporting EV uptake; independent research by data and analytics expert Dodona Analytics predicts that the current rate of charger installation will leave a shortfall of over 250,000 chargers by 2030.
Teague added: “The fact that the platform is free, carries no contracts or ongoing obligations, and works with any electric vehicle and any charger, makes it an obvious part of the electrification plans for any fleet operator.
“Different fleet operating models offer different approaches to utilising Co Charger and we are always happy to discuss options. There is also an ongoing programme of consultation and enhancements to fleet support within the platform.”