Zap-Map has launched a peer-to-peer EV charging network, allowing charge point owners to share electricity with other registered users.
Almost 50% of EV drivers told Zap-Map that they were willing to share their home charging with other users, resulting in around 60,000 chargers that could be added to the network.
The initiative, called Zap-Home, also provides owners with the opportunity to earn money by sharing their charger. Registered users can set a cost per charge, payable via PayPal.Me.
Zap-Map’s chief technology officer Dr Ben Lane said: “Of our 60,000 monthly userbase, we know that around half are willing to share their home point with other Zap-Map users.
"Businesses are particularly proactive with 5% of workplace charging points already being shared, either for employee use or as part of improving customer service.”
The company has also set up Zap-Work which will see a similar service provided for businesses and organisations willing to share their charge point for public or customer use.
Targeted at businesses whose chargers are not part of an established public network, Zap-Work sharing details are available for Zap-Map users, and contact, payment, and access requirements can be agreed peer-to-peer as with Zap-Home.
Zap-Map’s director Melanie Shufflebotham said: “Zap-Home and Zap-Work complement the UK's rapidly expanding public EV charging infrastructure, confirming the country as one of the world's leading plug-in car markets.
“Zap-Map will continue to innovate in 2018 with new product features, more dynamic data partners, and additional buying tools to help drivers make the transition to EVs and to maintain our position as the UK's No.1 EV charging platform and network aggregator.”