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Vauxhall dealers to promote EV community charging

Vauxhall partnership with JustCharge

Vauxhall retailers will advise customers on the process and benefits of offering their home electric vehicle (EV) charging points for use as part of a community charging network.

Vauxhall has partnered with the driveway sharing platform JustPark, which facilitates the rental of home chargers to drivers who need a regular place to charge near to home and work, to help enable the transition to EVs by monitising home charging points.

The brand's 282 UK dealers will now be encouraged to promote the scheme as a way of making EVs a more viable proposition for customers.

Paul Willcox, managing director at 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% 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.”

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EV leasing company, DriveElectric, predicts that registrations of new EVs will rise by over 74% in 2022.

JustPark said that, for EV drivers, monetising their unused driveway lowers the total cost of ownership (TCO) and therefore eases the transition to an EV.

Matt Shirely, head of EV networks at JustPark, said: "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.”

There are currently 1,000 exisiting hosts and 80,000 EV drivers on the JustCharge network.

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