Oxford installs UK’s first pop-up electric-vehicle chargers

Oxford Council has installed the nation’s first ‘pop-up’ electric-vehicle chargers that rise out of the pavement.

This is the first residential trial of Urban Electric’s UEone on-street electric vehicle ,charging points.

Six have been installed on the north eastern end of Lonsdale Road in North Oxford offering fast charging up to 7kW.

Like bollards, they retract into the ground and sit flush into the pavement when not in use.

However, when an electric vehicle owner needs to access one for charging, they can remotely summon it from the ground using as smartphone app.

Urban Electric UEone pop-up charge point (PRNewsfoto/Urban Electric)

Urban Electric UEone pop-up charge point (PRNewsfoto/Urban Electric)

Installations will be in ‘clusters’ rather than individual charge points as a cost-effective way of digging up footpaths to fit them.

The app will also be able to tell users where these clusters are located (given they’re not easy to spot), if someone is currently plugged into one or if it’s not operational at that time.

Urban Electric Networks Ltd is a British electric vehicle (EV) charging company founded by Olivier Freeling-Wilkinson and Keith Johnston, with a mission to build the world’s largest urban EV charging network. Voted Top 6 European Cleantech Start-up in 2018 by Climate-KIC, Europe’s climate innovation agency and supported by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency.

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