London homeowner driveways to become EV charging spots
The initiative has come about through a partnership between ParkatmyHouse.com, energy company SSE, Source London through the Plugged in Places funding initiative, and electric vehicle charge point manufacturer, Chargemaster.
Once the charge points – normally worth £1,500 – are installed on their driveways, homeowners will be able to rent them out to EV drivers who book online at ParkatmyHouse.com. The move means that, for the first time, electric car drivers will be able to reserve charge points in advance.
Chargemaster, in partnership with SSE, expects to install 200 charge points over the coming months, adding to the 800 already in place as part of TfL’s Source London scheme.
Mark Jabbal from Uxbridge, West London, is among the first of the website’s homeowners to take up the offer of a free charge point and says that he has received over 75 parking bookings at his house since signing up earlier this year to ParkatmyHouse.com.
He commented: 'It’s great to be able add to the services I can offer drivers, Now they can park and charge their cars at my house. I’m also planning to buy an electric car so there’s an additional benefit for me too.'
David Martell, chief executive of Chargemaster Plc, added: ‘Chargemaster is delighted to be participating in such an exciting programme along with ParkatmyHouse. This partnership will make a difference in encouraging the proliferation of electric vehicle adoption for consumers and the city of London as a whole.’