Homeowners drives provide ‘goldmine’ for electric car owners struggling to top-up vehicles

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Harrison Woos, CEO at YourParkingSpace said electric car owners struggling for charge needs to “think outside the box”. He said electric car owners were starting to rent out driveways online which will allow owners to top up their vehicles.

This could be just for an hour or could be mixed with a longer shopping trip or a sports event while your car is topped-up.

He said: “​As EVs become the car of choice, we all need to think outside the box when it comes to the EV charging infrastructure to cope with the rising demand.

“Rented driveways and empty off-street parking spaces provide a goldmine of locations that can be offered as EV charging spaces as drivers park their cars, whether it be just for an hour or so, or for a longer stay.

“The number of these charge points is growing at a rapid pace and provides an immediate alternative to forecourt charging.”

New data from YourParkingSpace shows thousands of rented driveways and empty pieces are available to pre-book.

The site has more than 6,500 charging locations available, one-third of the total locations available through the service.

YourParkingSpace said it also has more than 18,000 individual charging points and 31,000 connectors.

Mr Woods said these can be booked in advance to ensure road users are not battling the high street for a free socket.

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Main rival JustPark also offer a similar service for owners of Type 1 and Type 2 electric car chargers,

They say some homeowners have earned as much as £3,000 per year while renting out their charger but this is likely to vary based on demand in their area.

JustPark says owners can only expect “demand increasing” as more electric vehicles hit the roads.

Anthony Eskinazi, Founder and CEO of JustPark said they aimed to make green mobility “more accessible”.

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