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Urban Electric to bring pop-up charge points to UK

Urban Electric UEone pop-up charge point

Startup Urban Electric has announced the UEone pop-up charge point for residential on-street charging of electric vehicles

British electric vehicle (EV) charging startup Urban Electric Networks has announced the UEone pop-up charge point for charging electric vehicles. The UEone was developed specifically to solve the problem of charging for the 43% of UK households who have to park their car on-street in residential parking zones.

The app-operated UEone charges at up to 5.8 kW and retracts underground when not in use, minimising the impact on the urban environment. Standard height when raised, yet requiring an installation depth of just 405 mm, the UEone is 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, creating a new standard for urban residential charging.

“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 cofounder Olivier Freeling-Wilkinson.

Urban Electric is undertaking a GBP600,000 (US$800,000) trial of the UEone with Oxford City Council, which recently announced a proposal to create the world’s first Zero Emissions Zone in 2020. The trial is co-funded by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, following a successful GBP474,000 (US$640,000) bid led by Urban Electric, in partnership with Duku and Oxford City Council. Susan Brown, Leader at Oxford City Council, said: “We are thrilled that we will be trialing the world’s first pop-up electric vehicle charging points and that Urban Electric is bringing us this exciting new technology to encourage more residents to switch to electric vehicles.”

About Urban Electric

Urban Electric Networks Ltd is a British electric vehicle (EV) charging company formed in London in June 2017 by Olivier Freeling-Wilkinson and Keith Johnston. One of six startups selected for the 2018 programme by Climate-KIC, Europe’s climate innovation agency, and supported by Imperial College London, Urban Electric was founded on the belief that EV charging infrastructure should not detract from urban spaces. www.urbanelectric.london

For further information email keithj@urbanelectric.london or call Keith Johnston on +44 (0)7713941940.

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