Bookmycharge was born of anxiety. The site's founders, a happy couple awaiting delivery of their first electric car (EV), a BMW i3, were fretting during the manufacturing gestation period about how they would travel to see their good friends in a far distant town devoid of public charging points. There was no option of charging at the friends' home (no vehicular access). How could they manage to travel around without risking a major domestic over a flat battery?The solution
And in a creative leap, Bookmycharge was conceived; a useful service filling in gaps in the charging network, a safety net for when commercial charging lets you down, a neighbourhood collaboration to help new EV drivers without their own off-road parking, a monetising opportunity for chargepoint owners and generally, a contribution to the process of building a cleaner, less polluted world as the UK switches to electric transportation.
Bookmycharge is a website which brings together those people with EVs of all types looking for a charging point, with fellow EV owners or businesses who have an accessible and compatible chargepoint and space for an EV that they are willing to allow to be used for a modest fee. And it's bookable and predictable.
We want Bookmycharge to become as useful and nifty as Airbnb and while we do our growing, please bear with us. We'll be adding on features that we know you will want, and we have a whole sequence of these in development at the moment. Meanwhile, we together are pioneers, and we thank our EV compatriots for helping make Bookmycharge another world first for Britain.Costs and options
The cost of charging at Bookmycharge locations is typically around £5, but some chargepoints cost more and some less; it’s entirely up to the chargepoint owner as to how much they charge for the service. Some owners like to charge per session, regardless of its length, and some by the hour. Chose what suits you best. To keep the platform running, Bookmycharge adds a modest service fee to the base cost, and this is 10% if you have a chargepoint registered and 20% if you don’t.
The times and days that any given chargepoint is available are up to the chargepoint owner and they can change this whenever they want to. Some chargepoint owners offer instant booking which means your booking is confirmed right away. Other use the accept/decline model, so the chargepoint owner has to specifically accept a booking before it is confirmed.Payments
Secure payments within Bookmycharge are made via the Stripe system and the site does not handle any user payment information.
The system generates documents associated with the booking when a transaction occurs, and email confirmation goes to both parties. You can check the information relating to your bookings through your user account section at any time.
Welcome on board and we hope you find value in the platform as it evolves and expands. It's free and easy to sign up as a user or a chargepoint owner, or ideally, both, and there are no strings!