British charging start-up Urban Electric Networks has launch the world’s first pop-up charge point that solves the problem of charging for the 50% of urban drivers that park on-street at night.
Deployed as fast charging hubs in residential streets and on-street public parking bays, the fully retractable UEone hubs will facilitate overnight smart charging of the biggest EV battery packs, whilst minimising the impact on the power grid and the urban streetscape.
“Pop-up charging hubs offer a scalable solution for more than 190 million on-street parking spaces in European cities alone, enabling those without off-street residential parking to switch to an EV. If you are one of the 8 million UK drivers that park your vehicle on your street at night, the convenience of charging there as well while you sleep is unbeatable – simply plug-in when you get home in the evening for a full charge in the morning,” said cofounder Olivier Freeling-Wilkinson.
A prototype 6-charger hub has already been installed in Oxford where residents will be able to trial the pop-up charge points.
According to Innovate UK’s Director of Clean Growth and Infrastructure, Ian Meikle, the UEone “has the potential to be rolled out across the whole of the UK.”