Connected Kerb rolls out smart EV charging in London
February 5, 2019
Connected Kerb is working with Virgin Media and National Grid to deploy public kerbside charging and smart connectivity infrastructure for electric vehicles in the borough of Southwark in south-east London.
Following winning the Mayor of London's Award for Urban Innovation last year, Connected Kerb has been working with multiple local authorities throughout the UK to build out its nationwide network of kerbside charging and connectivity points, to help the UK government achieve its Road to Zero emission goals.
Working with Southwark Council, and supported by Virgin Media and National Grid, Connected Kerb has installed its public EV charging bays in Borough Road, with the expectation of a wider capital-wide rollout.
Through smart, future-proofed fibre broadband and wireless kerbsides powered by Virgin Media, the technology provides simple, efficient and cost-effective drive-up roadside charging and internet connectivity points for EV motorists. These kerbsides also provide environmental, weather and traffic monitoring data for public authorities.
The technology turns dumb charging point plugs on residential streets into intelligent mobility nodes that support multiple charge points as well as connected car applications. It has been future-proofed to enable new charging technologies and support new transport and mobility applications as they come online.
The discrete kerbside units are made from recycled materials.
"We are delighted to announce the launch of our first kerbside charging and connectivity deployment in Borough Road, Southwark, and have been particularly impressed by Southwark Council's pioneering adoption of the technology,” said Paul Ayres, COO of Connected Kerb. “As electric vehicle ownership increases at pace, the need for a nationwide infrastructure has become critical, and we are delighted that London electric vehicle motorists will be among the first to benefit.
"We're on the precipice of the electric vehicle revolution; it's an inevitability. I am confident the stellar team involved in Connected Kerb, combined with the companies we're collaborating with and our nationwide rollout strategy, will deliver the transformation required to change the landscape of sustainable motoring in the UK and beyond."
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, added: "Improved environmental quality, sustainability and the drive towards reducing vehicle emissions is a key priority for local and central government and particularly critical for a capital city as heavily populated as London. It requires greater adoption of electric vehicle ownership and I support innovations such as Connected Kerb that make it quicker and more convenient for that goal to be achieved. I'm therefore delighted that Southwark has been the first council to embrace kerbside charging and connectivity and wish the Connected Kerb project every success."
And Richard Livingstone, Southwark Council cabinet member for environment, transport management and air quality, said: "We are happy to be supporting the trial of Connected Kerb's first electric vehicle charge points and hope that they will help local electric vehicle users. We also hope that the data supplied from air quality monitors within the chargers will add to the council's existing air quality monitoring network.
"We want to help people to make decisions that improve air quality here in Southwark, be that by walking, cycling and taking public transport, or by using clean fuel. These new charge points are making it easier than ever for people who live in Southwark to make the switch to electric vehicles."
Based in London, Connected Kerb is planning a nationwide EV infrastructure network and community, with products and services designed to meet the expected demand in electric vehicle adoption. Kerbside charging, connectivity and data collection are being delivered by a team whose expertise includes the project management, product development and rollout of London's cycle hire scheme, combined with commercial and delivery strategists. The company is helping local authorities, property developers and the wider EV ecosystem.
"We're delighted to be collaborating with Connected Kerb to provide kerbside electric vehicle charging,” said Martin Cook, head of EV development at National Grid Ventures. “Enabling the transition to clean mobility is a priority for National Grid and we are really excited by the potential for Connected Kerb to contribute to the acceleration of the adoption of electric vehicles."
Cormac Connolly, director of strategy and innovation at Virgin Media, added: "Our ultrafast fibre network and cabinets across the UK put Virgin Media in the driving seat when it comes to providing connectivity and convenient charging access to electric vehicles. We know that our towns and cities will continue to get smarter and more reliant on connectivity, so the Connected Kerb launch gives a real peek into what the near future holds."