In this interview, we spoke to Charge BnB, the winning startup for Challenge 3 of the Nordic Smart City Challenge. Charge BnB provides electric vehicles (EVs) with private chargers on a mission to reduce CO2 emissions and create more liveable Nordic cities. We spoke to COO Farhan Farrukh to find out more about their smart city solution.
Tell us a bit about your company; where do you come from, what’s your mission?
The idea for ChargeBnB was born at the European Utility week in Vienna, Austria by a Pakistan National – Tamoor Ali in 2019. Over the time, Farhan joined the team to help it grow further and build the team by inviting professionals such as Qazi Sohail and Hamza Ali in Norway to develop the solution looking at the growing Electric Vehicle market in Norway and a desperate need of new EV charging solutions. ChargeBnB was declared the most innovative idea in the European Institute of Technology (EIT) – Climate Launchpad event and we are delighted now to be the among the winners of the Nordic Smart City Challenge.
Mission of ChargeBnB: Provide EV charging solutions for “everyone”.
How does your solution help to solve Nordic urban challenges?
ChargeBnB offers the chance to every Nordic urban municipality to increase the EV charging solution by creating this airbnb of EV charging model. This will help to expand charging infrastructure without needing expensive investments in the public charging space, instead the private chargers currently not accessible by EV owners can be made accessible. Looking at the future demand of EV charging, ChargeBnB wants to offer inclusive electric mobility solution that enables EV charging for everyone.
What is your vision for Nordic smart cities of the future?
ChargeBnB aims to enable this vision of making Electric cars as the “only” commuting option while converting electric charging as way of living life. The Covid-19 period has made use of personal transport accelerate further than ever before and in order ensure a clean shift to personal transport, charging as a service in the cities we live in is the future. At ChargeBnB, we are discussing options with municipalities to share their Smart City initiative charging options with small and medium size businesses, so when you travel to work and you need charging near your office you can use the existing charging infrastructure, instead of every company needing to install a new charger for their visiting employees. Lastly, EV need electricity to charge, if we build Smart Charger infrastructure today, then tomorrow we can have a more flexible and efficient electricity system. ChargeBnB is aiming to fit in this future by only providing Smart Charging solutions for end-customers to install through our digital platform.
Visit Charge BnB’s website to find out more about their mission.