Electric car owners will get a boost as Department for Transport invests to “transform” the charging network

The UK government has confirmed investment in twelve British engineering projects to “transform electric charge-point infrastructure”. 

The £37 million fund, which was announced last year as part of the government’s Road to Zero strategy, is now allocated to support innovations including wireless charging for EVs. 

Urban Foresight, a “smart city consultancy”, has been given £3 million so it can roll out ‘pop-up’ chargers. These are built into the pavement and rise up for what the government calls “a discreet, safe and low-cost charging solution for electric vehicle drivers without accesss to off-street parking”.

Other projects listed in the Department for Transport release include the installation of charge points in car parks for mass overnight charging, a project to make use of Virgin Media’s infrastructure to better inform EV drivers of the status of charge points, and an energy storage project that can use a lower power grid connection to reduce the burden on substations. 

EV charging firm Char.gy has also received more than £2.3 million to roll out wireless charging tech on residential streets, which the firm claims can be retrofitted to existing EVs. Char.gy will debut its inductive charging systems on residential streets in Milton Keynes, the London Borough of Redbridge and Buckinghamshire. 

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9 July 2019

How does all this work on busy residential streets? Once my car is charged in the place I have found near my house, do I then have to go out and move it so someone else can have a turn? Where do I put my car then? And if I wasn't lucky enough to get a vacant charging space when I came home, do I have to keep looking out, or checking an app to see if a vacant space comes up?  What if all my neighbours are doing the same thing, will it result in fisty cuffs?

9 July 2019
catnip wrote:

How does all this work on busy residential streets? Once my car is charged in the place I have found near my house, do I then have to go out and move it so someone else can have a turn? Where do I put my car then? And if I wasn't lucky enough to get a vacant charging space when I came home, do I have to keep looking out, or checking an app to see if a vacant space comes up?  What if all my neighbours are doing the same thing, will it result in fisty cuffs?

Do you put petrol (or diesel) in your car outside your home on a busy residential street!? Or do you use a filling station? Never ceases to amaze me the ICE diehards who are so entrenched they will not open their minds. If you dont have access to either on street or on the drive charging, you will charge you EV when:

parked at work or, at a retail shopping centre or, when at the cinema \ show or even a dedicated EV charge point at your local fuel station etc.

9 July 2019
centenary wrote:

catnip wrote:

How does all this work on busy residential streets? Once my car is charged in the place I have found near my house, do I then have to go out and move it so someone else can have a turn? Where do I put my car then? And if I wasn't lucky enough to get a vacant charging space when I came home, do I have to keep looking out, or checking an app to see if a vacant space comes up?  What if all my neighbours are doing the same thing, will it result in fisty cuffs?

Do you put petrol (or diesel) in your car outside your home on a busy residential street!? Or do you use a filling station? Never ceases to amaze me the ICE diehards who are so entrenched they will not open their minds. If you dont have access to either on street or on the drive charging, you will charge you EV when:

parked at work or, at a retail shopping centre or, when at the cinema \ show or even a dedicated EV charge point at your local fuel station etc.

Are you in the habit of jumping to conclusions, and judging people you have no knowledge of?

Most of my motoring is undertaken in a pure electric vehicle so I am quite aware of its many advantages, and disadvantages. I am merely posing what I think are some reasonable questions for those of us out in the real world. I am sorry that you don't like my opinions, but you don't have to.

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