Pop-up charge point for urban drivers
The UEone from British charging startup Urban Electric Networks is described by the company as, "The world's first pop-up charge point that solves the problem of charging for the 50% of urban drivers that park on the street at night." Deployed as fast-charging hubs in residential streets and on-street public parking bays, the fully retractable UEone hubs aim to enable overnight smart charging of the biggest EV battery packs while minimizing the impact on the power grid and the urban streetscape.
A prototype six-charger hub was installed in Oxford, England, 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 has been launched through online investment platform Crowdcube. The new funds will support a £3.8M Innovate UK-backed project to install up to 18 second-generation demonstrator pop-up charging hubs containing more than 100 charge points in Dundee and Plymouth, prior to a full commercial launch. 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."
"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.