FIT FOR THE STREETS
To meet ambitious climate change targets a significant number of public charging points will need to be installed over the next decade. Councils will need to play their part
Existing charging point designs have major flaws which make councils reluctant to approve their installation.
Kerb-e acknowledges the numerous concerns councils have when considering new infrastructure and offers councils an opportunity to share in the benefits of a net-zero future.
EXISTING OPTIONS DON'T CUT IT
Pushchairs, parking, pedestrians, pollution. Councils need to consider a number of different issues when deciding which system suits their residents.
Current charge points offerings suffer from a multitude of problems. Expensive, bulky, easily vandalised and difficult to repair are just a few.
Parking and charging go hand in hand. Charge points that are expensive require high utilisation rates to be deemed feasible, those that are cheaper can be unsightly and hinder the footpath. Both cheap and expensive pillars have high repair and maintenance costs too.
Space is at a premium in urban areas. Space is needed for pedestrians, emergency vehicles, wheelchairs or even where cars park partially on the pavement. Where lamposts are repositioned away from the kerb for access reasons, charging points threaten to retake those positions beside the kerb. Kerb-e is short enough to be driven over without catching the vehicle undercarriage, robust enough to be driven over and compact enough to be installed into any kerb.
Integrated charge points are a great idea but will not be able to service the increased demand in the very near future. Kerb-e offers twin 22kW ports per station for fast AC charging. Even the largest capacity cars can be replenished overnight.
Vandalism is a real problem. Charge points are an easy target for vandals with their prominent positioning in residential areas and large graffiti enticing surfaces. Kerb-e is minimally invasive. Not only does this reduce the unwanted visual impact for residents, but it keeps the unit out of the vandals eyeline. In the event a unit is vandalised, the modular design of Kerb-e ensures repairs are as cheap as possible.
Cable gullies, protectors and runs have been proposed but these all require residences to have dedicated parking spots. Current public charge points have been too expensive to install profitablly for commercial firms which is why these solutions have been floated but Kerb-e aims to offer a commercially viable solution which also enables public charging for non-residents in the event it is needed.
The real world
In the real world things get knocked, bumped and run over, especially street furniture. Cramped residential roads frequently recieve delivery drivers, furniture trucks, and rushed residents hastily making three-point turns. A short drive down any road with pillars will quickly tell you all you need to know about the abuse these items of street furniture suffer. EV charging points are far more tricky to protect and replace, which is why Kerb-e is a far more suitable solution.
Kerb-e is full of innovation. From using the kerb for its anchoring and protective qualities, to the retractable component compartment with its quick release mechanism. These innovations keep the cost down, the charging point sufficiently unobtrusive and the the repair and maintenance easily manageable. Charging stations can be fitted with sensors to monitor parking vacancy and pollution levels too. Ultimately, Kerb-e works as an on-street charger based on off-street utilisation figures, which is the key to unlocking widespread installation.
THE NITTY GRITTY
Kerb-e was designed to offer residents access to ubiquitous overnight charging. Not only does this ensure the energy mix is likely to be the 'most green,' but it also gives customers access to the lowest energy rates. Combine this with 22kW charging potential and the weighted average cost of energy to the consumer could be similar to off-street charging.
For councils, the figures stack up too. The target price point for Kerb-e makes it far more affordable to install and maintain than the competition. The installations are reversible (at low cost), and the components are easily upgradeable to accomodate future advances in tech. For more information please get in touch.
A representative cost and revenue example is provided below