The start-up has changed its name due to it’s similarity to Chargy, a business which supplies councils with EV chargepoints for installation onto lamp posts.
The new brand better reflects the service’s function, which is the ability to book a charge rather than risking out-of-service or occupied public charging points. The new name also brings the brand closer to the destination-based usage pattern that the founders believe will be a key feature of the service’s appeal going forward.
Bookmycharge enables EV owners to gain access to the vast network of private chargepoints already installed at homes and businesses, like B&Bs, across the UK.
How it works:
The EV owner wanting to charge their car finds a domestic or destination exterior-wall-mounted chargepoint on the Bookmycharge website and sends a booking request to the owner. The owner 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.
A charge typically costs the chargepoint owner around £2.00 to £4.00 depending on the tariff, though owners can specify their own per-charge cost when they register on with Bookmycharge, who adds a small service fee, which is halved if the person has already put their own chargepoint on the network. Registration and search are free, and chargepoint owners are able to specify when their own units are available.
The founders of Bookmycharge are a couple from Maidenhead, Jan Stannard and husband Jeremy Coulter, who came up with the concept after realising there was wasn’t a public charging point anywhere near their UK holiday destination. They turned their disappointment into a new service for the EV community.
Jan Stannard, co-founder commented:
“Though we didn’t expect to have to change our name, we can now see the advantage of doing so: Bookmycharge gives us the opportunity to go forward with a brand that does what it says on the tin
We have seen steady growth in the number of registered chargepoints on the service since the May launch, and have received requests from several countries asking about expansion into their territories.”