Duku, a design company based in Cheltenham, has designed and developed a pop-up EV charge point, claiming it to be a world first. Six of their popup EV charge points are currently being trialed in Oxford.
Director of Duku, Andrew Aylesbury, said: “Without access to charging points the electric car revolution could by-pass millions of people, particularly in the inner cities.”
“Ironically this demographic is also one of the most likely to use an electric car, with short commutes into local towns or to train stations. If you can solve this problem, then you open up a huge market opportunity to increase the uptake of EVs in every single town and city.”
Alex Lee, also a director at Duku, described the project as “challenging,” what with having to take into account factors like the EV charging points visually cluttering up the streets, while dealing with limited depth below ground – particularly in historic cities like Oxford which have a lot of “architecture and utilities under the pavement.”
Lee stresses that “minimising the depth below the ground is one of the big challenges. At the same time, it needs to rise up to a certain level to make it accessible for everyone, so we worked hard to miniaturise its components while also creating a charge point that could rise up to 800mm above ground level.”
You can learn more about this project by reading the full interview on Gizmodo UK.
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