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‘AIRBNB’ Electric Car Charging Stations in Sweden

A car maker has told The Local that it is hoping its new scheme, using the sharing economy to boost the sale of its own green-friendly vehicles, will take off among tech-savvy Swedes.

“Electric cars is a reality, but even though it’s year 2016, a year when environmental issues are a big topic, the infrastructure is lacking,” Renault spokesperson Lars Höglin said in a statement announcing the launch of the company’s new scheme Elbnb, a website that allows

The scheme lets drivers pin electric charging points at their homes on a map, allowing other drivers to contact them to get help filling up. Together they then agree on a time and cost of the electric charging.

The name, in which ‘el’ is short for ‘electricity’, is inspired by Airbnb, a website that allows individuals to rent their home to other users.

The map, which also shows official charging points, counts 50 users since it launched three weeks ago.

He hopes the project can next branch out to other countries, with Norway potentially being top of the list since it is “one of the biggest countries concerning electrical vehicles”. Nothing is yet set in stone.

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