Pop-up charge point for on-street residential charging of EVs
British electric vehicle (EV) charging startup Urban Electric Networks Ltd. announced the UEone pop-up charge point for charging electric vehicles. The UEone was developed to solve the problem of charging for the 43% of UK households that have to park their cars on-street in residential parking zones.
The app-operated UEone charges at up to 5.8 kW and retracts underground when not in use to minimize the impact on the urban environment. It is standard height when raised but requires an installation depth of only 405 mm (16 in). The UEone is reportedly suitable for more than 90% of residential streets. Its unobtrusive design and grid demand management capability means that whole streets can be electrified at a time without the unsightly street clutter usually associated with traditional charging posts, or for expensive grid reinforcement, or the need for EV-only bays. The UEone uses the same SmartCable as ubitricity lamp posts, meaning that residents will be able to charge at any UEone pop-up or ubitricity lamp post.
"The most convenient, affordable, and climate-friendly way to charge an EV from the grid is at home at night, yet up to 85% of households in some urban residential areas cannot do so because they park on-street, acting as a barrier to EV adoption. By installing an over-supply of pop-up charge points in a street from day one, we will give certainty of access to a home-based charge point in residential parking zones, so that local authorities can enable the 11.6 million UK households currently excluded from driving zero emission to make the switch," said Co-founder Olivier Freeling-Wilkinson.