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UK takes the next STEP in curbside electric vehicle charging

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World-first technology that could unlock electric vehicle charging for people without driveways or garages is being trialed across London.

Startup company Trojan Energy is installing 200 of its chargers across Brent and Camden. Each charge point is slotted into the ground with a flat and flush connection. The technology has no permanent footprint or street clutter as the hardware is only visible when a vehicle is charging.

The Subsurface Technology for Electric Pathways (STEP) project has been awarded £3m in co-funding by Innovate UK. If successful it will enable entire streets to be filled with the charge points so that no matter where a driver parks, they will be able to charge their EV.

The technology consists of 2 parts – a charge point slotted into the ground, and a ‘lance’ which is inserted into the charge point in order to charge. The charger can provide charge rates from 2kW to 22kW, and up to 18 chargers can run in parallel from one electricity network connection. This will in turn create opportunities for electric vehicle owners to use spare capacity in their batteries to provide services to electricity network operators which could make the cost of owning and running EVs cheaper.

The trial will be located in the London boroughs of Brent and Camden, both of which are at the forefront of the EV transition in the UK.  Both boroughs have rapidly growing EV usage, encouraged by council policy determined to drive down air pollution in their neighbourhoods.

Element Energy will be leading the project using their sectoral and project management expertise, to achieve the best commercial and environmental return for investment.

Celine Cluzel, Element Energy Director, said “STEP is trialling a solution to what is often the Achilles’ heel of charging infrastructure: scalability. The project is also conducting research on consumer and wider street users’ preference – a typical gap in research so far. These facts, combined with the excellent team brought together, make us confident that the trial will be a significant step forward for the uptake of electric vehicles.”

Other members of the consortium include UK Power Networks, Birmingham City Council and the University of Leeds. Award winning renewable electricity supplier Octopus Energy will also be recruiting their customers for the trial and providing expertise in backend billing which will be invaluable to EV owners.

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For more information on the project, please contact Sarah Clements at sarah.clements@element-energy.co.uk.

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