New Technology to Solve UK's Electric Car Charging 'Conundrum'
Smart city road and rail safety manufacturer, Crown International, will be launching its latest cost-saving innovation, a Double EV Charge Point offering a seamless kerb-side installation and rapid charging experience to drivers, with the added capability of filtering NOx from the environment, at Traffex Seeing is Believing, 27-28 June (Stand 87).
Designed and manufactured in the UK, the new intelligent Double EV Charging Point is predicted to give local authorities and facilities management organisations a potential economic saving of around £3 billion. By simply retrofitting around existing street furniture, this innovative product eliminates the need to dig up the roads to install new cables and offers an installation saving of £3-4K per charging point.
Mark Stacey, MD, Crown International said: “Limited availability of rapid-charging stations is today the biggest hurdle for the uptake of electric cars. There needs to be fast charging infrastructure in place.”
“Our Smart Urban approach aims to de-clutter the smart city, by providing intelligent infrastructure which aids operation and maintenance and reduces overall cost of ownership.”
An estimated requirement of 100,000 electric vehicle charging points are needed to cope with the 1 million vehicles predicted to be on the road by 2020.
Designed specifically for the urban environment, the compact and unobtrusive charging unit offers a better charging experience for drivers:
- Two sockets, allows charging of two vehicles at once
- No purchase of cable, keys or RFID cards needed
- Retro-fitted into existing 7.5 million streetlights across the UK
- Connects to an existing electrical supply
- 7KW charging capacity per socket for faster and consistent charging
- Full control over access via an intuitive app
- Additional feature option – NOx filter system
Crown is also working on the next generation of chargers which will further enhance user experience by allowing the charging point to be pre-booked via an intelligent mobile app so the driver is assured of being able to charge the vehicle and pay securely for the electricity consumed.
Mark Stacey added: “Local councils are facing a tough challenge today, building the infrastructure to encourage more people to change their vehicle to electric, whilst ensuring it doesn’t clutter spaces, particularly in residential areas. The spread, location and accessibility of electric charging points is key. Our EV charging point offers a flexible and intelligent power system.