Innovative pop up electric vehicle chargers
As part of UK research and innovation, the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and Innovate UK have invested over £3 million in a two-phase competition for innovation projects. The aim was to develop business cases and deploy new approaches to electric vehicle (EV) charging.
A consortium of Urban Foresight, Urban Electric, Lucy Zodion, and Dundee City Council was established, and a feasibility study was launched into the Clean Streets EV Infrastructure Toolkit.
The Clean Streets project demonstrated how on-street EV charging can be convenient while still preserving the unique nature of streetscapes.
A Design Challenge was launched to inspire cities and communities to embrace alternatives to traditional box type feeder pillars, which send electricity to the charging points. The intent was to achieve something that better integrates into various street scenes and improves the aesthetics and functionality of public space. This project was awarded to Dundee-based product designer Gavin Birmingham.
The Toolkit, created by the project partners in Phase 2, will help local authorities develop a strong strategic plan for an on-street charging programme for citizens without off-street parking amenities.
The Toolkit combines technology and design approaches for deploying on-street charging for town and city residents, businesses, and visitors in a way that minimises impacts on accessibility, functionality, and the look-and-feel of city streets. It will deliver a clear methodology for application in the context of a particular location, providing practical guidelines, design criteria, and specifications in the framework of financing the infrastructure.
So far, nearly 25 chargers are in the ground in Dundee, with another 28 chargers to go in the ground at Plymouth.