CEO, Connected Kerb Ltd.
We interviewed Chris Pateman-Jones to get his feedback on Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure. Chris is a CEO of Connected Kerb Ltd.
Earlier this year electric vehicle charging infrastructure company Connected Kerb Ltd. has announced that it will rollout wireless charging technology to existing charging points in London, the Midlands and Scotland in the first half of 2020. The rollout will see induction chargers in inductive pads, sunk beneath the ground fitted around the country. EVs will then be able to park over these and charge wirelessly.
EV Charging Infrastructure Team: Can you describe your role in EV charging market space and who your customers are?
At Connected Kerb, our focus is on providing charging solutions in locations where dwell time is long. This is primarily workplace and on-street residential. In relation to the latter, we want to provide the convenience and reliability of home charging to those who would otherwise be unable to home charge; so those without a driveway or a dedicated bay where they could install a charger – around 40% of the population.
We are very committed and passionate about not only minimising our environmental impact, but ensuring it is positive. It is our belief that charging infrastructure should not only enable green mobility but should itself be green too, and we are proud to be paving the way in this regard with hopes that other charge point manufacturers will begin to follow suit.
We use predominantly recycled materials in our products, and crucially, we combine multiple infrastructure projects in one – our solution not only supports EV charging but acts as a smart cities’ platform. From this we can support Wi-Fi, 5G and all kinds of IoT technologies, so things like air quality monitors, parking, traffic and other environmental sensors. This means that our system benefits not only EV drivers but also the wider community. Importantly, our infrastructure is a long-life asset – lasting anywhere from 15-20 years – and is all done in one dig, which reduces unnecessary materials and construction works.
We work closely with local authorities in supporting their environmental and EV initiatives – preparing local communities for the EV revolution, and we also work with developers, home builders, landowners and fleet operators in a similar respect.
Our mission is to accelerate the transition to EVs for all people – those without off-street parking, within densely populated urban areas, those in lower income brackets, those with disabilities. We want to create smarter, better connected, greener and more liveable streets.
EV Charging Infrastructure Team: Can you give us an overview of one of your latest projects?
Coventry (Holyhead Road area) – A deployment of 30 chargers (in groups of 6) across 5 streets in the Holyhead Road area of the city, providing a high-density network of on-street residential charging points and smart cities nodes.
Parties Involved: Coventry City Council, Local Residents (through public consultations) and our contractor, Balfour Beatty.
Problem Faced and Solved: At a high level, the area was typified by almost entirely on-street parking and faced significant air quality issues. Our project sought to provide a high density, conveniently located and reliable public charging network that supported local residents in their transition from ICE to EV. In addition to the deployment of infrastructure, the project sought to actively engage with local residents to help increase knowledge of EVs, through vehicle trials and other outreach events. Further, recognising that less than 3% of people own an EV, our deployment sought to deliver a value beyond just EV charging, with each charger sitting above our innovative smart cities node. Using this flexible infra platform, we have been able to deploy air quality sensors and superfast WiFi connectivity, delivering value to everyone in the community, not just those who own an EV today.
EV Charging Infrastructure Team: How do you see your company’s role evolve in 2020-2021 and what are the key market targets for you in 2021?
The EV market is incredibly complex and fast-paced. We believe as we move into 2021 that dwell time will begin to drive investment and that on-street residential charging will become more widely recognised by decision makers as being the keystone of the charging ecosystem and a tool to driving EV adoption (as our ongoing quarterly polling of 1500 people shows). In this regard, we hope to continue leading the way with our environmentally focused approach to EV charging and being an integral part of the mission to meet the 2035 targets set out by the UK government.
Separately, we will continue to lead the market in innovation, with deployment of our induction/wireless charging solutions across the UK and deployment of smart cities technologies alongside our charging infrastructure.
EV Charging Infrastructure Team: What is your advice to your future customers?
We have set out some fairly comprehensive guidelines in our recent research report and case studies. These include:
– Put charging infrastructure where people already leave their cars – Our data shows that users want to be able to habitually charge where it’s convenient,
– Model demand and deploy infrastructure just ahead of it – Don’t wait for demand in order to deploy chargers, but equally don’t deploy so far ahead of the curve that assets sit unused and exposed,
– Combine deployment with engagement – Converting the population to EV is about much more than just deploying infrastructure and advertising vehicles…people need to be taken on a journey,
– Coordinate deployment between public and private sector – There are huge private carparks across the UK, many of which are in suburban areas and which could provide alternative charging locations to those unable to charge at home,
– Design charging infrastructure to be long lasting and scalable – and GREEN!
– Develop customer focused payment models that support EV adoption – Flexibility will be key to the transition.
If anyone wants more information on these, please download the report and reach out as we’d be happy to discuss further.
EV Charging Infrastructure Team: Taking your industry experience and projects you worked with into account, what are you going to address at our event on 9 October 2020?
I’m really interested to hear the broader conversation at the event as you’ve managed to assemble a great group of people. From a personal perspective I’m keen to talk about how we (as an industry) make EVs accessible for everyone in society…not just those with the ability (and wealth) to install chargers at home. So that means, the deployment of public chargers that match dwell time and the way people want to charge (we have a huge amount of data on this)…a network that provides the levels of performance/uptime that means users can really rely on them…a network that is sustainably built and that will last for decades to come (so that public money isn’t wasted and unnecessary disruption caused to communities)…and that is accessible for those of us who are less able bodied and who might struggle with heavy cables.
Chris will be speaking on Immediate use cases for Inductive Charging at our EV Charging Infrastructure, AC, DC, V1G, V2G Stakeholder Focus Day on 9 October and is happy to have further conversations with his industry peers.
If you would like us to pass your message to Chris prior to Focus Day please contact Jane Huggins on firstname.lastname@example.org who will be able to facilitate your communication with him.