Posted on August 13, 2019 by staff

‘Disappearing’ roadside electric charging hubs revealed

‘Disappearing’ roadside electric charging hubs revealed

The UEone charfing station
The UEone charfing station

The UEone from British charging start-up Urban Electric Networks is claimed to be the world’s first ‘pop-up’ charge point, designed to allow charging points to be built into pavements without reducing parking space.

A prototype 6-charger hub has been installed in Oxford where local residents will soon be able to trial the pop-up charge points, together with the Ohme intelligent EV charging system and free use of an electric car, operated by Co-wheels car club.

A £250,000 equity crowdfunding campaign, launched today through Crowdcube, is hoped to support a £3.8m Innovate UK backed project to install up to 18 second generation ‘demonstrator’ pop-up charging hubs, comprising more than 100 charge points in Dundee and Plymouth.

The project is designed to precede a full commercial launch.

Innovate UK’s Director of Clean Growth and Infrastructure, Ian Meikle, said the firm had “the potential to be rolled out across the whole of the UK.”

“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,” he said.

“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.