The growing popularity of EVs needs to be met with an increase in the number of charging points on our roads. PlaceTech picks some of those leading the way, and it’s not just cars they are interested in.
Integrating power and data at kerbside, EV charging is just one of the tasks it can perform. The innovation acts as a smart city platform – providing Wi-Fi and 5G, and supporting IoT technologies, such as air quality monitoring and other environmental sensors. Essentially, it’s a ‘universal plug’, from which you can operate a plethora of technologies. The system is wireless-charging enabled and vehicle-to-grid ready – a market-leading USP. The focus is offering EV charging to those (some 45% in UK) who are unable to charge at home. Visit Connected Kerb
Analytics firm helping you unlock funding. Take this case study: East Lothian Council secured a £100,000 grant from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles to fund the installation of on-street Electric Vehicle chargepoints in residential areas across the county. The authority used intelligence delivered by Energeo in its submission as evidence of the current and future demand for EV infrastructure, and to determine the most beneficial locations to deploy chargepoints considering factors such as driveway availability, footway widths, and on-street parking levels. The project utilised contemporary geospatial data – including satellite imagery acquired during the Coronavirus lockdown – alongside machine-led analytical techniques to automatically and rapidly extract and create intelligence across the main urban conurbations of East Lothian. Visit Energeo
We told you it’s not all cars. Vertical Aerospace has been disrupting the way aircrafts are developed. Combining the rigour and discipline of aerospace with the pace and agility of F1 enables Vertical to develop cutting-edge electric aircraft. VA-1X, Vertical’s flagship aircraft, is a piloted all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) which will carry four passengers for 100 miles at cruise speeds of 150mph. It is currently in development with flight testing taking place in 2021, followed by certification in 2024 with initial commercial services starting shortly afterwards. Vertical Aerospace is already a global pioneer in sustainable aviation technologies, as one of only a handful of companies to have flown multiple full-scale eVTOL prototypes. They did this with UK Civil Aviation Authority approval. Visit Vertical Aerospace
Electric scooter and e-bike charging bays including this super-hub for juicing 70 e-scooters at a time. They went live in Paris in August. Other designs incorporate local artists’ work and sponsorship opportunities on electric billboards. Visit Charge
Startup Trojan Energy is installing 200 of its chargers across Brent and Camden, London. Each charge point is slotted into the ground with a flat and flush connection. The technology has no permanent footprint or street clutter as the hardware is only visible when a vehicle is charging.
The Subsurface Technology for Electric Pathways project has been awarded £3m in co-funding by Innovate UK. The technology consists of two parts: a charge point slotted into the ground, and a ‘lance’, stowed in the car when not in use, which is inserted into the charge point in order to charge. The charger can provide charge rates from 2kW to 22kW, and up to 18 chargers can run in parallel from one electricity network connection. This will in turn create opportunities for electric vehicle owners to use spare capacity in their batteries to provide services to electricity network operators, which could make the cost of owning and running EVs cheaper. Visit Trojan Energy
BP bought the Chargemaster network in the UK in 2018 and has started firing up its ultra-fast 150kW chargers, with an initial 400 planned at BP stations by the end of 2021. In China, BP has signed a deal with DiDi, a mobile transportation platform with a range of apps and services such as electric taxis. Visit BP Chargemaster
The Dutch-British oil giant acquired charging firms NewMotion in 2017 and GreenLots in 2019. Shell ‘new energies’ division spends £2-3bn a year, which sounds like a lot but is still less than 1% of what it makes. Trials of fast-charging services in Germany have been expanded from a previous target of 100 to 200 points. Visit Shell New Energies
This year the developer of products for vehicles partnered with Scania’s plug-in hybrid truck to bundle charging stations, including installation, with sales of the truck, aimed at last-mile deliveries with lower pollution and noise in urban areas. Visit Webasto
Dominant US company that has the largest online network of independently owned EV charging stations in the world, operating in 14 countries. The company says every 15 seconds someone connects their vehicle to a ChargePoint station. They launched an aggressive European rollout in March this year, alongside Allego and EVBox Group. ChargePoint wants to deploy 2.5m ports by 2025. Visit ChargePoint
Made headlines last year when it signed a partnership with Porsche in Japan to develop next-generation car chargers. ABB has a diverse range of electrification engineering products including chargers for the home, electrified fleet depots with the opportunity charging for electric bus and trucks, to high-power chargers for the highway stations of the future. Visit ABB