Vauxhall has entered a new partnership with leading parking provider JustPark to help more people in the UK switch to an electric vehicle.
As part of the JustCharge network, electric vehicle drivers with their own charger on their drive or property can rent these out to other EV drivers via an intuitive App. With the new partnership, Vauxhall will encourage its electric vehicle drivers to join the growing community network and make electric vehicle ownership even more convenient for more people. In addition, it also allows for owners to further reduce their electric vehicle’s low running costs from the revenue generated by renting out their charger.
Vauxhall will work with its 282 UK dealers to prepare staff and to advise customers on the process and benefits of offering their home charging points for use as part of the community charging network.
Paul Willcox, managing director of Vauxhall, said: “We know that most EV customers will charge their vehicle at home overnight – it’s the most convenient and cheapest charging solution. But around 40 per cent of households in England alone do not have access to off-street parking and therefore the switch to electric isn’t the same for everyone. Vauxhall is committed to making going electric as simple as possible – so, we’re delighted to lead the way and partner with JustPark and their new JustCharge Community Charging network.
“We believe it will make a genuine difference to encouraging more British drivers to go electric sooner – with all the environmental, financial and driving experience benefits that comes with.”
Matt Shirley, head of EV networks, JustPark, added: “Having lived with an EV without a home charging point, I know the challenges of limited public charging capacity firsthand, especially trying to find one outside of London. Community Charging has the potential to ease the transition to EV for millions of car buyers.
“The majority of UK councils do not currently have an EV charging strategy in place. Partnerships like this between Vauxhall, a major UK manufacturer, and JustCharge, part of the UK’s largest driveway sharing network JustPark, represents a viable and cost-effective route to addressing the dramatic charging shortfall as we transition to EVs.”