Would you allow someone to pay to park on your drive and charge their car?
The government recently announced it would be reducing its grant for electric vehicles from £4,500 to £3,500. So, while you’re down a grand if you want to take advantage of the government’s EV grant, one unique way to lessen the blow of that could be to rent out your driveway and charging point.
YourParkingSpace has now teamed up with charge point finder Zap-Map to allow homeowners with an EV charging point to make money by listing their driveway and charge facility as a parking space – with the price of the parking including use of the charge point.
Harrison Woods, managing director at YourParkingSpace.co.uk, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for driveway owners with a charge point to make some extra money as the electric revolution takes off.”
Dr Ben Lane, CTO and co-founder at Zap-Map, added: “The joint-venture will in the future provide a new opportunity for Zap-Map users to monetise their home or workplace EV charge point.”
A similar offering, Chargie (later rebranded as Bookmycharge), was launched in 2017 as the world’s first dedicated and bookable peer-to-peer electric vehicle charging service. At launch, founder Jan Stannard commented: “Other than major cities and motorway service stations, most areas of the UK still have no meaningful charging infrastructure.”
The amount of time needed to charge an electric vehicle using a home charger can vary, with the popular Nissan Leaf taking around 7 hours to charge from empty using a 7.4 kW Wallbox while the new Jaguar I-Pace takes over 13 hours.
While these companies no doubt offer an ideal solution for EV owners on a day out, the question remains: would you like a stranger parking on your drive and using your electricity for that amount of time? Even if they’re paying? We’re not so sure.