This Valley startup aims to become the ‘Airbnb’ of EV charging systems
Nov 10, 2023, 3:00 PM
A Phoenix-based startup says it’s aiming to become the ‘Airbnb of electric vehicle charging’ with the launch of its new mobile app.
Buzze’s peer-to-peer shared network of home electric vehicle charging stations went live in the Valley Wednesday, providing a platform for residents with electric vehicle chargers to share the equipment with drivers who might not otherwise have access to a home charging system.
“We’re focused on people who live in apartments or who rent their house and want to buy an EV, but don’t have a place to charge it every day,” Aaron Lieberman, founder and CEO of Buzze, said.
Buzze’s app shows users a map of nearby hosts with level-two charging systems. Drivers can pick a time to charge their vehicle and the app meters power used through the car’s telematics. Hosts get paid 20 cents per kilowatt, potentially allowing them to generate more than $400 a month in extra income, according to the company.
Level two chargers are capable of charging battery-electric cars from zero to 80% in four to 10 hours and plug-in hybrid electric cars in one to two hours, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The company will also provide hosts with adapters to support charging for Teslas, Lieberman said.