char.gy's CEO Founder Shares The Secrets of Future EV Charging with Torque News
British startup char.gy believes it found a solution to this EV urban problem by putting open access charger point stations on street lampposts:
- -EV drivers will be able to charge their vehicles at any public street charge point without the need for any subscription, membership card or special cable.
- -Universal: you can even charge your Tesla or someday your Rolls Royce electric
- -This is for a slow charge, not a fast charge
- -Charge points in lamp posts can offer an unmetered electricity supply with an Unmetered Supply Certificate, issued by ELEXON.
- -All char.gy units are fully AFI compliant and ELEXON certified.
- -They fit almost any lamp post and provide power levels of up to 7.7 kWh.
- -Charging is activated via a smartphone app, which processes access and payments.
- -Once activated the plug and cord are locked in until the owner retrieves it.
- -Emergency first responders can call 24/7 for emergency deactivation
- -Users can pay as they go, or opt for a cost-saving package rate.
- -Coming to the states end of next year
EVs and Street Parking
Mr. Richard Stobart is, at least by this American reporter’s standard, a cosmopolitan Londoner who just wanted to get on the EV bandwagon by buying an electric car and go green like his British peers are. But as he contemplated an electric car purchase, he realized that London street parking would make it a challenge. “When you buy a laptop,” Mr. Stobart tells me with CEO certainty, “you don’t think about where to plug it in. The same thing should be for these electric cars.” There was no way to have a place or time to charge the car between work and home. He became frustrated.
The ideal place to have an electric car is in the big city, but unless you have your own house with a garage and a charging station or have or make tons of money, how can anyone keep and take care of an electric car in a city? Mr. Stobart forewent buying an electric car until recently, because he had to take care of his necessity, so it may first become the father of his invention: why don’t they make chargers out of all these lamp posts on the street? Wouldn’t they save money doing that in the first place?
Mr. Stobart, entrepreneur and the founder of char.gy, recognized early in his startup some of the biggest sticking points that shouldn’t be to anyone buying a BEV: an apartment building, any urban setting, confined street parking usually overnight, or doesn’t belong to a network charging subscription plan or not even a network of chargers, for that matter. Mr. Stobart saw that these issues make living with a BEV more difficult in a city, that it’s often a deal breaker to get one. And if there’s any other place where it’s getting more critically important to eventually get one in lieu of a fossil motor car, it’s in the urban setting. Most large cities across the globe will eventually ban new gas car sales, already have congestion pricing to alleviate carbon, and eventually have super tight emissions rules that London already has all these anti-fossil features in place.
So what’s an urban hipster like Stobart and his friends to do if they want an electric avenue for BEV ownership other than car share? The London startup char.gy seems to have found the answer: putting public access charging stations right on the street lamps! Char.gy invented a charger box that can easily install on a street lamp so that EV urban parkers will be able to charge right on the streeet.
This is a game changer. Easy installation: instead of ripping up soil, sidewalks, asphalt, electrical lines and present infrastructure to install new charger stations, all that’s needed here is a minor cut, drill, snip, and screw. Easy to process: a selling point to char.gy’s charger point is that operation and payment is done through a cell phone and app, so there’s no need to take out a wallet. It’s universal: no fast charging applies here, but this is better than your EV just parked on the street and you can’t take it anywhere because you can’t find a station! And any car can use the network, whether you drive an electric Rolls Royce of the future to leave it vandalized on the street while unattended and charging , even present Tesla owners can use it if needed in a pinch! Its safe and secure: once charging is ready to begin the plugs lock onto each other until the owner retrieves them when they’re finished. There’s a 24/7 line with a response team if necessary, in case either you or say, the police can’t unlock the plugs and need to, like when your car is being towed for parking violation or scofflaw enforcement. Or you didn’t pay your charger network bill . . .
Mr. Stobart says his company is working on getting the stations to Canada and the US by the end of next year. Street lamp charger proliferation is now underway in the UK he says, while he and regulators work out minor sticking points, such as the legality of tapping into electrical lines.
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