Connected Kerb Introduces Curbside EV Charging Station

JAN 30 2019 BY MARK KANE 22

Residential EV charging in cities awaits a viable solution

The new British start-up Connected Kerb installed its first curbside AC charging station in Borough Road, Southwark. The company targets residential market in cities, where potential EV owners have no place to charge.

The stations are mounted to the ground (the important parts are underground), which makes them smaller and resistant to vandals. We didn’t see what happens when snow drifts cover the pavement, but maybe that is not the case in the UK and many other countries.

Lack of fixed cables, of course, is often seen in AC charging stations in Europe (the Type 2 standard), which means that the owner needs to use his/her own cables (those are susceptible to weather conditions and vandals though). In North America, the SAE J1772 standard did not envision charging stations without cables.

The other feature of the stations is to be ultra fast WiFi (up to 350Mb/sec) for future autonomous vehicles.

Connected Kerb says that “the only viable option is a low power, low cost, low impact residential solution which can be rolled out nationally.” The company’s website shows an image with a price of around £2,000 ($2,600) compared to £22,000, in the case of a standard charging station.

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At that point, you might as well make it wireless. One major benefit to wireless is vandal resistant. One major disadvantage is snow/ice.

Big disadvantage is they are wasteful.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

Major disadvantage of wireless is that you have to put it and the power to it under the road surface, and one charger can only service a single space.

Unfortunately, this setup is not only limited in the U.S. because of the cable arrangement not available in the U.S. The location so close to the ground would probably not meet ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards for wheelchair access. Perhaps a retractable cable with a housing around 3 or 4 ft. from the ground would work.

I was thinking more a tripping hazard. Never underestimate the probability of being sued by someone who was too busy looking at their phone and tripped over it. I keep wondering what solutions there are for residential on-street charging, where there are no garages or driveways. There’s a number of streets in my town that have a sidewalk directly next to the road (no grass between the road and sidewalk). The sidewalks aren’t overly wide, so putting something in the sidewalk itself wouldn’t work. (It would also put the charger right next to the road, where it would be more likely to be hit by cars attempting to park. But you also couldn’t put it on the far side of the sidewalk because then the cords would be dangling across the sidewalk. (I almost turfed it a few weeks ago when someone had their block heater plugged in. The extension cord they were using was across the sidewalk, and it was dark/snowy, and I almost tripped on it). In such cases, I still can’t think of a good workaround. Maybe charger on the far side of the sidewalk, but a hollow pipe under the sidewalk to run the cord?
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You would just have to have sufficient sidewalk and an area of the sidewalk close to the car marked as a separate area.

The sockets would need to be on poles — there are already a lot of poles on the sidewalks here (and never a grass area) near the road surface, like lamp posts, electric transmission poles, phone line poles, traffic signs.

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It’s residential charging. As long as they can provide disable access where required it wouldn’t be a problem.

The idiotic location of the charging port on the left side of US cars (e.g., Volt, Bolt, Tesla) precludes utilizing such charging stations. Not only is there a cable reach issue, but the J1772 connector jutting out into traffic is just begging to snag a bicycle. Love the right rear chargeport location on my i-MiEV, as I can also park in my garage against the wall right next to the charging station and unhitch only about 3′ of cable.

Which are actually perfect for the UK which drives on the left.
Oh, and you can add the I-Pace to your list of hate cars as it has the port on the left as well.

ICE cars have a mixture of sides for the filler so that gas stations can be double sided. Why not EV’s as well eh?

The only driver side gas fillers are Japanese. I don’t think any European brand has it. Too dangerous if you run out of gas on the side of the road and have to stand in traffic with a can of flammable liquid to fill it. It’s quite easy for gas stations to have cars come in the opposite direction to fill the second side without having driver side gas fillers.

dan – quote: “The only driver side gas fillers are Japanese. I don’t think any European brand has it.”
Untrue – my VW Sharan has the filler on the same side as the driver. Makes it more convenient at a filling station as you get out next to the pump.

Passenger-Rear has been a nice location for plugging in 2 cars in our garage. My wife parks up against the wall for maximum driver-door room, yet can still plug in. I back in and have the same convenience.

If the ports were on the other side, we’d be dealing with cords in the way.

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Horses for courses.

We’re the opposite to you: Wife pulls forward on the left, I back in on the right.
There is no single best location.

But by doing that you have to allow about 3′ to open the driver’s side door for each car, significantly diminishing the passageway between the two cars. With my deep garage I am constantly moving large ‘stuff’ in and out of my garage between the two cars.

As a nice feature Audi E-Tron has AC power port on BOTH sides.

That’s a very dangerous obstacle for elderly people. Not very visible

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It’s right by the curb next to the road so wouldn’t be where people walk.
If visibility were a problem they can paint it yellow like bollards.

I would totally trip on these.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

And sue. 😛

Do Not Read Between The Lines

Are you a car thief?

Bad British design. Pedestrians will stumble over it and while parking you might hit it with side or when opening the door.