The good news for electric vehicle (EV) drivers in the UK is that there are now more than 6,000 public charging locations. But the bad news is that they are provided by a wide range of suppliers and networks, with multiple forms of payment and chargers due to a lack of accepted standards. Step forward Share&Charge, with a blockchain-based solution to link them all securely and seamlessly together.
Last year, Share&Charge initiated an interoperability pilot with partners Electric Blue, EVBox, EVDriver, Hubeleon, The Phoenix Works and Volkswagen Financial Services to test blockchain as a possible solution for a Europe-wide cooperative charging network. The pilot will now be extended to the UK to further develop this vision.
Share&Charge focuses on running technical integration tests with different charging stations and test vehicles from Volkswagen Financial Services, while comparing costs of traditional roaming solutions with a new decentralized approach.
Since emerging as a spin-off from the innogy Innovation Hub, Share&Charge has now been transferred from parent company MotionWerk GmbH to an independent Share&Charge Foundation based in Switzerland, to promote its development as an independent network and to facilitate a wider range of partnerships and increased global reach. Read more about their goals here.