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£37m Government funding to support EV recharging innovation

Tue 09 July 2019 | Back to news list

The Government has announced investment of £37 million in twelve projects to support innovations in electric vehicle recharging. Projects include wireless charging, 'pop-up' charging hubs built into the pavement and cutting edge storage technology development.

Urban Foresight, a smart city consultancy, has been awarded over £3 million with Urban Electric to demonstrate Urban Electric’s ‘pop-up’ changing hubs, which are built into the pavement and provide a discreet, safe and low-cost charging solution for electric vehicle drivers without access to off-street parking.

Other projects to receive funding include:

  • a renovation project, installing chargepoints in car parks to allow for mass charging at night
  • a project leveraging existing Virgin Media physical and online infrastructure to deliver cost-effective and widespread charging, using high speed internet connections to better share information online on charging progress and parking spaces
  • a cutting edge storage and advanced electronics project that will deliver semi-rapid charging using a low power grid connection minimising the need for costly substation upgrades

Char.gy, an electric charging company, has been awarded over £2.3 million and will use the funding to develop deploy wireless charging technology on residential streets without the need for trailing cables and additional infrastructure.

The announcement is a part of the Government’s Future of Mobility Grand Challenge, which aims to tap into innovative ideas from across the country which have the potential to make transport easier, cleaner and safer.

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