Urban Electric’s Pop-Up Charge Point Could Solve Curbside Urban Charging
The new chargers are designed to be installed in blocks of at least 20 per neighborhood, then hidden out of sight underground until they are needed. This strategy allows for much larger deployments of plug-in vehicle chargers without the nuisance of large, unsightly charging pedestals lingering on the sidewalk.
The UEone was designed specifically to solve the challenge of home charging for the 43% of UK households who park on the street, which resulted in a total system design that allows it to be installed in clusters and with integrated demand management. This allows utilities to install charging for a full neighborhood at once without having to worry so much about how much strain the new charging system will put on the grid.
When a plug-in vehicle drive needs to charge, they simply request a charging session via the app and the UEone rises up out of the ground to standard height and can deliver a charge of up to 5.8kW. After the charging session is completed, the station sinks back into the ground. A preliminary analysis shows that the charger is suitable for more than 90% of residential streets, thanks to its shallow installation depth.
The UEone isn’t just a concept, it’s taking the streets by storm with a £600,000 trial with Oxford City Council, which proposed the creation of the world’s first Zero Emissions Zone by 2020.
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Urban Electric has developed a unique plug-in vehicle charger designed specifically for residential urban curbside charging. The UEone pop-up charger remains out of sight until it is needed. Then the charge point lifts up out of the ground to allow for charging vehicles. This approach clearly has multiple benefits, and with an installation depth of only 405 mm (16 inches), the device is well suited for installation in many urban residential neigh...