The biggest issue slowing the nation's switch from petrol and diesel cars to electric vehicles is undoubtedly the lack of infrastructure in the UK.
Around a third of UK homes do not have off street parking.
Whilst local authorities are trying to respond to demand for chargers, they are focussing their efforts on community chargers. This solution is not going to suit everyone, and doesn’t really resolve the trailing cables issue, cables carrying power from lampposts can be a serious trip hazard and hanging at head height, are a risk to scooters, cyclists, skateboarders as well as pedestrians.
Cables running in drainage channels are vulnerable to grit, dog mess and the grooves can catch heels or wheels.
Then there are the pavement chargers that present obstructions, representing further trip hazards. You wouldn’t be allowed to leave a box fixed to the pavement so why is this ok?!
Uptake of EVs continues to increase rapidly. By 2030, they are likely to be the norm. This means that homes with EV charging will become far more appealing and a worthwhile property
Our objective is to enable the homes and businesses with no off-road parking to be able to charge at their premises. Councils must give permission for any apparatus to be installed in the public footpath and currently there is a huge range of responses whilst they await government guidance from OZEV (Office for Zero Emission Vehicles). We want to work with local authorities to make EVCC available to their residents with as simple an application process as possible.
Benefits to local authorities include:
EVCC is submerged below the surface of the pavement, providing a safe route for an EV charging cable to run from house to roadside whilst being camouflaged within existing street settings.
Lowest risk solution;
No tech to demand Wi-Fi; no smartphone or software updates required;
No pavement obstruction putting pedestrians at risk;
Charge point is not an obstruction vulnerable to damage by vehicles mounting kerb;
Less pressure/queues on community charge points;
EVCC unit will last for decades.
We’d love to hear from local authorities who want to improve their EV charging infrastructure and help their residents breathe cleaner air.