This week sees the launch of BookMyCharge, the world’s first dedicated and bookable peer-to-peer electric car charging at home service. The new resource will enable EV drivers to access the domestic, wall-mounted charge points of other electric vehicle owners who are signed-up to the BookMyCharge network.
The introduction of BookMyCharge could see EV owners gain access to electric car home charging stations across the UK. Whilst public charge car charging stations are an effective service for those travelling through built up areas, access to domestic charge points will make electric vehicles a viable proposition for a greater number of motorists, including those travelling longer distances and to destinations in areas with restricted access to public EV charging stations.
How does the BookMyCharge Home Charging Point Service Work?
The way BookMyCharge works is simple. The service shares several characteristics with Airbnb’s web-based hospitality marketplace and provides a map of home electric charging stations throughout the UK.
The EV owner wanting to charge their car finds a exterior-wall-mounted home car charging station on the BookMyCharge website and sends a booking request to the homeowner. The homeowner 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 BookMyCharge and the system contacts both parties to confirm details.
How much does the service cost?
For the homeowner registration to BookMyCharge is completely free, the only set-up cost is a small service fee which is halved if the person has already added their own home car charging station on the network. If you want to offer this service from your own home but don’t have an EV charger yet, we offer a range of electric car home charging stations at Elmtronics.
A charge typically costs the homeowner around £2.00 to £4.00 depending on their tariff, though they can specify their own per-charge cost when they register on bookmycharge.com. The BookMyCharge service offers the user and owner complete flexibility, where the owners are able to specify when their own units are available through the online website.
Since its official launch in 2017 BookMyCharge are looking for new or existing home car charging station owners to register with the service to improve the infrastructure and availability of EV chargers nationally.
More About BookMyCharge Home Electric Charging Stations For Motorists On The Go
The founders of BookMyCharge are a couple from Maidenhead, Jan Stannard and husband Jeremy Coulter, who came up with the concept after realising there wasn’t a public charging station anywhere near their UK holiday destination. They turned their disappointment into a world first for the EV charger community.
“We want BookMyCharge to help make electric cars the dominant form of transport in the UK, not just for short local runs, which is how many electric cars are currently used,” explains BookMyCharge Director, Stannard. “For that to happen you need to be able to go a distance and know for sure that you can charge at the other end. At the moment, that’s simply not possible. Other than major cities and motorway service stations, most areas of the UK still have no meaningful charging infrastructure.
“But the UK does have nearly 100,000 people with plug-in cars, and by 2027 1.3 million electric vehicles are expected to be registered each year, according to government-backed figures. We believe that many owners who have a professionally-fitted charging units on the exterior of their homes will be happy to let fellow EV drivers plug in when the unit isn’t being used, provided they can recoup the cost.”
The couple are passionate about helping increase the uptake and use of electric cars and have used their own money to develop the BookMyCharge concept, brand and online infrastructure.
“BookMyCharge will rely on the goodwill and kindness of fellow EV owners towards each other, and we think there is exactly that spirit out there,” says Stannard. “While the BookMyCharge network grows, our team will use social media to help would-be users to find a unit at their destination. The next step is to develop a BookMyCharge app and to make BookMyCharge international as soon as possible.”
It is Elmtronics and BookMyCharge’s belief that electric vehicles and EV charging solutions are the future of the motoring industry, paving the way for sustainable travel. If you would like to become a member of the BookMyCharge EV charger community, or would like to hear more about home electric car charging stations and solutions book a home survey with Elmtronics today.