Although most developed governments have plans to phase out internal combustion-engine vehicles for electric vehicles over the next decade or so, one issue that stands in their way is charging. EVs generally don’t have that much range, unless you’re willing to shell out a few extra bucks for a vehicle with a larger battery and greater range. And even if you can afford to, chances are you will have to deal with issues like spotty charging infrastructure (unless you buy a Tesla which has its own network of charging systems).
However, technology pioneered by Trojan Energy may completely change the EV charging game as we know it. In a bid to create an elegant charging system that doesn’t sacrifice sidewalks and curbs to cables, Trojan Energy has developed an EV charging pole that comes out of the sidewalk to charge then slides back in when it is done. “With no permanent footprint or street clutter, it’s only visible when a vehicle is charging.” the company says.
“Better for wheelchair users, visually impaired, baby buggies, delivery drivers, children on bikes and scooters, teenagers on phones, refuse collectors, street cleaners, mobility scooters, and everyone on a busy pavement. Far less damaging in heritage areas.” Additionally, the charging poles provide up to 22 kW of power, just enough juice to quickly charge your battery pack without having to worry about degrading it.
Trojan Energy will be installing 200 of these charging poles into sidewalks in Brent and Camden in London, UK. “The Subsurface Technology for Electric Pathways (‘STEP’) project has been awarded £3m in co-funding by Innovate UK. If successful, it will enable entire streets to be filled with charging points so that no matter where a driver parks, they will be able to charge their EV,” writes Element Energy, a cleantech-focused consultant that is assisting with the pilot project.
“The technology consists of two parts, a charge point slotted into the ground, and a lance which is inserted into the charge point in order to charge. The charger can provide charge rates from 2kW to 22kW and up to 18 chargers can run parallel from one electricity network connection.” Trojan energy says that its goal is to become the UK’s leading conduit for vehicle-to-grid (“V2G”) use.
“By aggregating demand through one central power cabinet the possibility of EV to grid will become commercially viable. Ultimately we aim, with the help of our customers, to become the UK’s biggest battery allowing us to power the UK for days at a time if the wind doesn’t blow. The rewards for our customers and our planet will be massive and prove the point that a big idea and great engineering can change the world.”
Entities like Net Element (NASDAQ: NETE) would gladly partner with innovative companies like Trojan Energy that are addressing a pressing need in an environmentally conscious way.
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