New partnership between Vauxhall and JustPark to help drivers make switch to EVs

Vauxhall has entered a new partnership with parking provider JustPark to help people find convenient charging locations near their home.

While many electric vehicle (EV) drivers enjoy the benefits of being able to leave their home with a fully charged vehicle each day, approximately 40% of UK households do not have any access to off-street parking where they could install a charging device, says the manufacturer.

As part of the JustCharge network, EV drivers with their own charger on their drive or property can rent these out to other plug-in drivers via an app.

With the new partnership, Vauxhall will encourage its EV drivers to join the growing community network.

Matt Shirley, head of EV networks at JustPark, said: “Having lived with an electric vehicle without a home charging point, I know first-hand the challenges that solely relying on public chargers can bring.

“We are delighted to be working with Vauxhall to help enable many thousands more drivers to make the switch to an electric vehicle.”

Previous Government research found up to 80% of EV owners charge their cars at home.

Paul Willcox, managing director of Vauxhall, said: “Charging at home overnight is the most convenient and cheapest charging solution. But around 40% of households in the UK 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.”

Those with a home electric vehicle charging point can make it available for others to use via the JustPark App.

Customers nearby can book and pay for the charger, selecting the time they need. Using the JustPark App, they will be able to activate the charger and will be only charged at the end of their charge.

Users can also leave reviews on the charger, highlighting things like ease of access and use for others to see.

Fleet operators can sign up to JustPark’s FleetCharge, where JustPark sources and installs a charging device at the company driver’s property, and supplies the electricity for it, with the fees combined into a single monthly payment.

In the instance where a company driver does not have off-street parking, FleetCharge will source a parking space within a five-minute walking distance and install a charging device which the fleet driver can use throughout.

Through FleetCharge, JustPark is aiming to create a private charging network for fleets to use, enabling trades and businesses to make the switch to electric – and earlier than they might have thought possible.

Disclaimer: This article was not originally written by a member of the team.

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