Until electric vehicles have better range, the tech industry is rushing to improve charging infrastructures across the world. While stations are being built, some startups have tapped into the peer-to-peer market to make use of the many who have home charging setups for their EVs. Peer-to-peer charging isn't new to Europe, but thanks to German startup eMotorWerks, it's finally coming here to the United States. The lucky first state to try it out? California, of course.
This beta test will allow residents to set up their home as an impromptu charging station. They would upload their rate and times on the “Share&Charge” network that is accessed through a mobile device, such as a cell phone or tablet.
How does this work? It's a pretty simple process. First, to set up a home station, people will need the company’s JuiceBox charging station or a JuicePlug adapter. The adapter allows you to put any home charging station on the network for potential customers to access it. It was crowdfunded on Kickstarter successfully for over $50,000 in 2016. While the unit cost $129 to get, a $50 rebate was given out to those that signed up for the company’s rewards program.