In a bid to reach net zero emissions by 2050, the British government has recently brought forward its ban on the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles to 2030. With plug-in car sales overtaking diesel for the first time this week we take a look at some of the most forward-thinking electric vehicle charging companies in the UK.
Connected Kerb aims to provide easy access to electric vehicle chargers and enable smart city connectivity. The chargers include revolutionary technology that provides real-time data analysis on air quality, traffic and weather. This can help local authorities better understand where to focus improvement efforts in their regions. Connected Kerb also offers a range of sustainable, environmentally-friendly chargers such as The Armadillo, which is made from recycled vehicle tyres.
Wallbox has created the first bi-directional charger for home use, the Quasar charger. It allows for energy to flow two ways, meaning an electric vehicle’s charge can be sent back onto the National Grid to power homes when demand is high. This advanced vehicle-to-grid technology allows drivers to be paid when their car’s energy returns to the grid. As EV adoption increases, demand for electricity during peak times will drastically increase, putting the National Grid under strain so this ground-breaking technology will help stagger usage to ease the peak-time burden.
Local authorities across the country play a huge role in improving charging networks by ensuring residents have easy access to convenient, high speed chargers. Ubitricity works with these authorities to offer an affordable, easily implementable charging solution. The charging technology, which was created in Germany, integrates with every day outside structures such as public lamp posts, making it easy to install. Ubitricity is creating a reality where EV chargers are easily accessible in all local areas.
Pod Point has manufactured and sold more than 69,000 charging points across the UK and Norway. The company offers EV charging points for drivers at-home, at commercial location and at work . Pod Point has worked with businesses like Tesco, Lidl, and Center Parcs to build a network of more than 3,000 charging points for drivers on the go. It also works with property developers such as Savills to build the chargers into new homes. Pod Point is really driving (pun intended!) an accessible network of chargers across the country and helping to make at-home chargers the norm for new-builds.
Char.gy’s mission is to make charging your vehicle as simple as charging your phone. Char.gy uses existing infrastructure to provide convenient, local lamppost charging in England and Northern Ireland. Drivers can use the Char.gy app to find their closest charger and, unlike other charging networks, can sign up through the app and charge immediately. The convenience of lamppost charging in busy cities like London, along with the ability to sign up and charge on the spot, makes char.gy a convenient and appealing option for drivers.
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