LEADING THE CHARGE
We've spoken to current and prospective EV owners and the message is clear..
"Get charge points rolled out."
The focus for most people is simply available, affordable charging.
Unfortunately, councils and charge point operators (CPO's) are quite a bit more fussy, but with your support we can bring their attention to our solution.
Kerb-e is cheaper than other charging points. Cheaper to purchase, install and maintain. Why is this so important? Because without these characteristics the mass installation of public charge points in residential areas will require huge government subsidies.
By being mindful of the economics Kerb-e can offer all stakeholders a truly viable solution that can be rolled out at scale.
IDENTIFYING THE ISSUE
The first step in developing a new solution is to assess the existing technology. What works, what doesn't.
Current charge points suffer from a multitude of problems. Expensive, bulky, easily vandalised and difficult to repair are just a few.
Charge points like these are installed with cost in mind. Unsightly and obstructive they create a trip hazard between the charging port and the car, and narrow the pavement significantly too.
Difficult to install
Tall, bulky charge points require strong ground anchoring which in turn requires deep foundations. In congested urban areas the space under the pavement is at a premium and utility services need to be rerouted for some charge point installations, adding to the already high cost.
Prone to vandalism
Pillar chargers are easy targets for vandals. The significant surface area entices grafiti art and displays and plastics are easily broken. Vandalism significantly increases the cost of operation and unchecked can quickly make a charge point uneconomical for the operator, not to mention the downtime inconveniencing EV owners.
In isolation, or as part of a small group, current charge points may not look too unsightly. A row of these on a residential road might provoke a different reaction. Charge points must try to integrate as smoothly as possible with our urban environments whilst being mindful of their primary function.
Cost forms the bedrock of any feasability study. In an effort to create elaborate solutions for councils some charge point designs have ignored this critical element. Chargers that rise out of the ground or that rely on expensive additional restrictive equipment are unlikely to make sense on a big scale. Ironically, these units also require a huge amount of subterranean space making their installation difficult in their target environments - where pavements are narrow.
EV owners with no off-street parking are at the mercy of councils and charge point operators (CPO), when it comes to charging point installations.
Kerb-e understands that for EV owners to get a public charge point (or 5), installed on their street the proposition needs to be enticing for councils and CPO's too.
By identifying factors that increase the cost of running a charge point, like vandalism and delays in repairs, and creating solutions to these issues with our design, we've created a charge point which CPO's can run and financially benefit from (without overcharging customers).
Similarly, by identifying the concerns councils have with charging points, like pavement obstruction, installation disruption, and reversability, we've created a charge point councils can accept too.
With a 3yr payback period at conservative utilisation rates and competetive prices, Kerb-e finally offers stakeholders a solution everyone can get behind.