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A British company that started out as an “Airbnb for parking” wants homeowners to rent out their parking spaces to help alleviate a widespread shortage of electric vehicle (EV) chargers.

London-based JustPark, which allows motorists to book a parking space through an app, aims to offer more than 50,000 charging points across the UK by the end of 2022.

In 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson forced the UK’s ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel-powered cars forward to 2030 in a bid to accelerate the country’s adoption of electric vehicles. But the accompanying infrastructure has not kept up.

To date there are around 23,000 public EV charging points across the UK, according to figures from ZapMap. It is estimated that as many as 400,000 new public chargers will be needed by the end of the decade. By comparison, there were 108,205 battery-powered EVs sold last year alone, a 185% increase.

Anthony Eskinazi, the founder and chief executive of JustPark, said the UK was “not on track” to have the required infrastructure in place to support widespread adoption of EVs.

He said the company wanted to leverage its existing network of parking space.

“Now we want to build that network to serve today’s parking demand,” he told Insider. “We’ve realized that there’s an opportunity to repurpose a percentage of that network and allow it to facilitate the future of electrification.”

JustPark, which has over 30 public sector contracts and counts WeWork among its clients, wants homeowners to rent out their driveways that are equipped with charging points.

In some cases, Eskinazi said, the company may pay owners to have chargers installed if the spaces are in economical locations.

“In certain situations even if you don’t have an EV, then we’d still love you to list your parking space, because depending on where you’re located, …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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