The UEone is an app-operated pop-up charging point, it recharges up to 5.8kw and when not in use, retracts underground, therefore having minimal impact on the urban environment! Makers of the UEone, Urban Electric Networks Ltd is a British electric vehicle (EV) charging company – formed in 2017 by Olivier Freeling-Wilkinson and Keith Johnston. Their press release explains how the company was founded on the belief that the EV charging infrastructure should not detract from urban spaces, which the discreet UEone achieves and is suitable for more than 90% of residential streets. It requires an installation depth of just 405 mm with the unobtrusive design – so the entire street can be electrified without the unsightly street clutter, generally associated with traditional charging points!
The charging point uses the same SmartCable as ubitricity, so residents can charge at any UEone pop-up or ubitricity lamp post, thus creating a new standard for urban residential charging. Co-Founder Oliver Freeling-Wilkinson says “by installing an over-supply of pop-up charge points in a street from day one we will give certainty of access to a home-based charge point in residential parking zones, so that local authorities can enable the 11.6m UK households, currently excluded from driving zero emission to make the switch,”.
Just another positive move towards our future – EEMC thinks!
The £600,000 trial co-funded by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency and Oxford City Council the larger contributor, hopes to create the world’s first Zero Emissions Zone in 2020. The leader of Oxford City Council, Susan Brown said: “We are thrilled that we will be trailing the world’s first pop-up electric vehicle charging points and that Urban Electric is bringing us this exciting new technology to encourage more residents to switch to electric vehicles.”