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Dragon’s Den-invested company provides EV vans solution for off-road parking  

A new trial to allow electric vehicle (EV) drivers without off-road parking to charge at home has been launched in Hartlepool using Kerbo Charge, a company that received investment from Dragon’s Den’s Deborah Meaden.

Kerbo Charge ‘through-pavement’ channels will be installed making it possible for EV drivers to take advantage of low-cost off-peak tariffs. The trial follows similar initiatives in Stirling, launched earlier this month, and another in County Durham, which was announced in August, 2023.

On average, a resident who can charge their vehicle at home spends £680 annually, compared to £1,820 for those using public chargers, according to Zapmap. Given that around 40% of UK households have street parking the cost of public charging creates a major barrier to EV adoption.

The Hartlepool trial, which is entirely paid for by the residents, plans to alleviate this inequality by installing through-pavement channels at households, allowing residents to safely charge their EVs on the street.

Denise Beedell, Senior Policy Manager at Logistics UK said, “The majority of van drivers take their vehicles home, but many do not have off-street parking where they can charge an electric van between shifts. Finding ways to enable home-charging for more electric vehicle drivers is vital if we are to transition the UK’s van fleet to net zero by 2050 and this trial is a very welcome development.”

When residents want to charge, they insert their charging cable and the self-closing lid snaps down shut behind. The solution removes the risk of trips and falls from trailing charging cables across footways and the slim and shallow channel seamlessly integrates with the pavement surface, minimising disruption to existing infrastructure.

Find out more about Kerbo Charge

Published On: 18/04/2024 16:48:28


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