The transition to electric vehicles, EVs, during the current climate crisis requires extensive investment in charging infrastructure.
A significant challenge is charging EVs on city streets.
Construction work needed to deliver electricity to curbside charging posts is currently expensive and time-consuming, as well as contributing to greenhouse gas emissions.
Future investments in charging infrastructure must be profitable both monetarily and climate wise, ensuring a solid Return on Investment (ROI) both in terms of invested money and "invested" greenhouse gas emissions.
Several important infrastructure systems are located under city streets, including water, sewage, district heating, electricity, telecommunications, gas, etc. In each case, the system is operated and maintained by a legal jurisdiction with access to the corresponding land use. It is necessary to consider the ownership of the property.
The construction of curbside charging posts currently requires extensive cross-collaboration between business teams and local government stakeholders.
Excavation and construction of the charging post infrastructure requires groundwork. The process of planning and zoning for land use must be coordinated with local municipal authorities. A final problem with current efforts to build electrification infrastructure is that it is expensive, which results in long construction times, ballooning costs, and a rise in carbon emissions that exacerbates the climate crisis.
The solution is surface-laid modules that eliminates excavation!
The modules have the same thickness as the existing pavestones. They are made of steel or iron and hollow to accommodate electric power cables. The modules consist of a lower part, a box, and an upper part, a lid.
The implementation is done according to:
- Remove the pavestones needed
- Lay the bottom part of the modules in the place where the pavestones have been
- Secure the bottom parts with screws to prevent vertical movement in case of bad underground
- Install the electric power cables in the modules
- Mount the upper part of the modules with screws
- Mount the charging post(s)
- Connect the electric power cables
- Power on and start charging!
Our concept was developed as a contribution to the "innovative street charging" competition announced in spring 2022 by the City of Stockholm, the Swedish innovation agency VINNOVA and Kista Science Park. ...read more (in Swedish)
During development, we were encouraged to apply for a patent for the concept. A patent application was made before the competition entry was submitted. Due to the patent application, description and images of the concept are general and schematic.
In autumn 2022, we were awarded a prize which consisted of implementing a demonstrator, a "proof of concept", in a real street environment. The project is started in December 2022. ...read more (in Swedish)
In fall 2022 we participated in VENTURE CUP's IDEA competition, a competition for those who wants to test if their business idea works and turn it into the next success story! ...read more (in Swedish)
The team behind the concept consists of two senior executives with extensive experience in innovation and business development.
Per Ranch +30 years international experience of developing and managing innovative concepts, companies and projects within digitalization, infrastructure and sustainability, phone +46 708 999 101, email firstname.lastname@example.org, linkedin https://linkedin.com/in/perranch/
Anders Kuikka Seasoned VC / PE / CEO / Management Consultant with experience from McKinsey & Company in Sweden and Denmark, Swedish Trade Council, US and private equity and venture capital expertise with ABN Amro and RP Ventures. Executive Search & Interim with EIM Group, phone +46 706 27 99 75, email email@example.com, linkedin https://linkedin.com/in/anders-kuikka-86b2b/
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