Petrol and diesel vehicles are destined to disappear for Electric Vehicles, at least for the most part. If we want to continue living on planet Earth we will have to opt for less polluting utilities, such as hydrogen-powered or electric.
In this sense, electric vehicles have taken advantage and seem to be the most viable option for the near future. In spite of their great advantages, they still have to face a big problem: their charge. Electric cars take too long to charge and cities lack sufficient infrastructure.
One company seems to have found the solution, we are talking about small chargers on the curbs of residential areas. Will they give electric cars the boost they currently lack?
The company says on its website that the UK electricity grid currently would not be able to cope with a massive deployment of fast chargers. Furthermore, they explain that the cost of a mass deployment of such chargers is too high; the price per unit would be GBP 22 000 (EUR 25 138) or GBP 7 500 (EUR 8 570) on a lower model.
Connected Kerb’s chargers would be priced at only GBP 2 000, or EUR 2 285 per change; a figure which would make great economic savings to the state wishing to install such chargers.
The other big difference lies in the size, the fast and medium chargers usually measure one and a half meter or one meter respectively, while these residential chargers are at the height of the wheels of the vehicles. We would therefore not only be talking about savings in economic terms, but also about space.
The loaders installed so far are prone to vandalism. The London company avoids this problem by installing most of the components underground. In addition, each driver will have to use his own cable to charge the car. We will simply see a charger protruding from the ground in the shape of an armadillo.
For Connected Kerb pollution is a big problem, so they make the chargers from recycled tyres and plastics – even during the construction phase of the facility. Sustainable chargers that aim to supply sustainable cars.
Similarly, the company is in talks with several renewable energy suppliers. The idea is that all its loading points will be powered by renewable sources.
Charging points with Wi-Fi and 5G
Curiously enough, the charging points will provide Wi-Fi connection at speeds of up to 350 megabytes per second. With cars getting more and more connected, that’s a totally logical idea. In fact, pedestrians will also be able to access these networks.
The 5G is not yet in our lives; however, Connected Kerb is committed to creating a 5G network on the street. Each charging point will be a 5G access point backed by a fibre network; that is, it will facilitate the rapid adoption of this technology in residential environments.
The company knows the importance of maintaining user privacy. For this reason, they report that they are creating a secure network in which users will have their own data at their disposal, as well as giving them control over how their data is shared, used and monetized.
The loading points are equipped with air quality, proximity and temperature sensors directly connected to a centralized system. This allows users to access real-time data on traffic, weather and air conditions.