Last edited 05 Aug 2021

Pop-up electric vehicle charge points


The UEone pop-up charge point from Urban Electric was used in the Oxford trial. (Photo: PRNewsfoto/Urban Electric).

Electric vehicles (EVs) reduce a driver's environmental footprint in a number of ways, including reducing pollution and conserving non-renewable fuel resources. However, they require a little forward thinking to ensure that the EV has the power it needs. From refuelling to pricing, electric car charging stations are crucial.

In August 2017, London boroughs received funding to provide residential charge points to assist those who did not have access to off-street parking. This funding supported a number of innovative new approaches such as using lamp posts as the base and power supply for charge points.

Another innovative approach is the pop-up charging station. These pop-up systems provide curbside charging for EV drivers who park on the street in residential zones and may not have access to reserved charging stations.

Pop-up chargers are designed to be flush with the pavement, so they do not interfere with walkways or create trip hazards. Until it is activated by a user, the charging portion of the device is hidden underground.

This approach to EV charging has been tested in two parts of the country:

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