Sidewalks are for pedestrians. In most urban areas, space is a key commodity that no one wants to lose. This concern makes for quite a bit of resistance to permanent EV infrastructure. Minimizing the impact on space, especially on a narrow urban or suburban street, is a neighborly, pedestrian-friendly concept even if you are promoting zero-emissions vehicles, which is also a pedestrian-friendly measure. Cluttering up the neighborhood is best avoided. It’s often helpful to educate those neighbors with a less invasive approach.
Urban Electric has found a gentle way into those spaces. Even if neighbors profess they will never go electric, Urban Electric finds they are pleased with the sublimely designed invisible EV infrastructure. When not in use, the UEone disappears and retracts, fully retreating underground.
EVs are 'almost THREE TIMES greener' than petrol and diesel cars https://t.co/HD5UtOEpvi
— urban electric (@urbaneleclondon) May 5, 2020
Robert Llewellyn notes that the infrastructure is sort of impermanent, because it disappears. “When I drove up here, I couldn’t see them. Where’s the bloody charge points, because I couldn’t see them?”
Interested in investing in Urban Electric chargers? I am. Perfect for Manhattan and other locations on this side of the pond as well. Take a look at the company’s crowdcube page if you’re really considering it.
The solution is stealthy and sublime. The company is coming out of and currently targeting the UK, where 43% of UK households have to park their car on-street in residential parking zones.
We want this solution in the USA as soon as possible too, though. Thank you to the Brits who manifested it first. While the UEone was developed specifically to solve the problem of charging for UK EV drivers, there is a whole planet of city dwellers who have to park their car on narrow streets with little pedestrian space.
— Oli Freeling-Wilkinson (@O_Wilkinson) May 5, 2020