Connected Kerb is to install infrastructure to support over 130 electric vehicle (EV) charging points, with 20 of these to be deployed immediately.
The installations are part of a deal to install chargers at a new 3,000-home development near Swindon. The Wichelstowe housing development is a joint venture between Barratt Developments and Swindon Borough Council, with the first phase of 208 houses already under construction.
The project has contracted Connected Kerb alongside companies such as Unilever, with helping residents to transition to EVs a key element of environment stewardship goals set by the project leadership team.
As part of the initial phase of the project, enabling infrastructure to support over 130 EV charging points is to be installed, targeting the immediate deployment of 20 active chargers into shared bays.
It’s hoped that this will provide the residents of the new homes with the confidence to make the switch to an EV due to the charging infrastructure already being in place.
Daniel Pavely, Wichelstowe project director, said: “In line with our strong commitment to sustainability and the environment, the electric vehicle charging network at Wichelstowe is bold and forward-thinking.
"Installed in the ground alongside parking bays, the technology will allow the residents and their visitors to be able to charge their electric vehicle from the shared parking facilities – unlike many other developments where this is only really possible for people with driveways."
Connected Kerb splits the deployment of its technology, and is the only EV charging firm to do so according to the company, with the charger housed beneath the ground within an accessible duct. This is then connected to a plug-in socket or wireless charging pad, a feature the company said minimises the visual impact and physical footprint.
Andy Carr, COO of Connected Kerb, praised the Wichelstowe Project as an example of “the innovative approach needed for the inclusion of EV charging infrastructure in new residential developments”, stating that the “EV revolution is here”.
Connected Kerb has been steadily rolling out its wireless charging, announcing in January it would be deploying the technology in London, the Midlands and Scotland across the first half of this year. In March, it appointed Richard Turnbull as head of wireless charging and Stephen Rennie as head of sales for Scotland.
It first installed wireless charging at several public UK sites as part of a partnership with induction technology specialist Magment in 2019.