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Electric car charging points are literally popping up in Plymouth

Plymouth City Council has released a video showing how the new Urban Electric pop-up charge points installed in the city work. So far, there are 53 charge points which have been installed in the city.

Electric car drivers in the city can just drive up to the points. From there, they can charge their cars simply and conveniently while parked on the street.

It is part of a £3 million project aimed to trial innovative pop-up Electric Vehicle chargers that are built into the ground and only rise up when in use, providing a safe, discreet, attractive and low-cost charging solution for electric vehicle drivers who don’t have access to off-street parking. The UEOne chargepoints are designed for convenient kerbside parking for use by residents, visitors and commuters.

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The chargers are literally popping up at the moment in Plymouth. Among the locations are Osborne Place, Hobart Street, Citadel Road, Bath Street, Phoenix Street, Leigham Street, Grand Parade, Northumberland Terrace, Prospect Place and Brittany Street.

A Plymouth City Council spokesperson said: “Here’s a video designed to give you an idea of ​​how Plymouth’s new Urban Electric pop-up charge points work. We now have 53 charge point sockets installed and operational within the Clean Streets project.

“Users can pull up the charge points via the Urban Electric app and charge their cars simply and conveniently while parked on the street. When not in use, the pop-up chargers go back down into the ground, minimizing the impact on our streets.”

They added: “By encouraging more people to use electric vehicles, we aim to improve air quality and reduce CO2 emissions, helping Plymouth tackle the Climate Emergency. You can see these chargers literally popping up in Osborne Place, Hobart Street, Citadel Road, Bath Street, Phoenix Street, Leigham Street, Grand Parade, Northumberland Terrace, Prospect Place and Brittany Street. A map of the pop-up electric vehicle charge points can be found on the Urban Electric app.”

The charge points have been developed as part of an Innovate UK funded project called ‘Clean Streets’ and delivered with Urban Electric and other consortium partners. So far they have 185 EV charge points and over the next couple years expect to install 615.

The chargers are UEOne pop up EV charge points manufactured by British company Urban Electric. The app-operated charge points deliver 7kW at each socket and retract fully underground when not in use, minimizing the impact on the urban environment.

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