A trial of a new on-street EV charge point system has begun in London.
Trojan Energy’s charge points sit flush within the pavement, with no permanent raised street furniture at the pavement edge. The system has been designed with input from Disability Rights UK to improve safety for all street users.
Five charge points have been installed in Mortimer Road for a small group of trial participants to carry out real-world testing of the prototype system. The full trial of 150 chargepoints across Brent and Camden will go live later in the year.
The charge points have been developed for the Subsurface Technology for Electric Pathways (STEP) project funded by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) and delivered by Innovate UK.
Ian Mackenzie, CEO of Trojan Energy, commented: “Trojan Energy is delighted to reach this important milestone in the STEP project, as it represents the first implementation of our flat, flush and futureproof charging technology. We’d like to thank Innovate UK for their support, all the project partners for their expertise and help, and OZEV for their funding. We can’t wait to see the first driver reactions and hear their feedback so we can generate learnings for the wider project rollouts across Brent and Camden.”
Transport minister Rachel Maclean said: “This project is a great example of how technology is being used to solve a real-world problem to ensure that our EV infrastructure fits in seamlessly in our local towns and cities. This is crucial as we build back greener and encourage more people to make the switch, which is why I’m delighted this government is backing its delivery.”