A company developing wireless charging technology for electric vehicles has been given part of a £37m Department for Transport (DfT) grant.
Based in East London, char.gy is planning to install wireless charging systems on residential streets so that drivers can charge their vehicles without cables going over pavements, or the need for any additional infrastructure.
The firm was one of a dozen to be given shares of the fund by the DfT in an attempt to get drivers into electric vehicles by making them easier to charge.
The DfT has also funded other projects that include:
– Installing charge points in car parks to enable overnight mass charging.
– Using existing Virgin Media infrastructure to deliver cost-effective charging.
– Providing chargers built into pavements for discreet, low-cost charging.
Future of Mobility Minister Michael Ellis said: “We’re charging up the transport revolution and investing in technologies to transform the experience for electric vehicle drivers.
“Ensuring the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles is reliable and innovative is encouraging more people to join the record numbers of ultra-low emission vehicle users already on UK roads.”
Jack Cousens, Head of Roads Policy for the AA, said: “One of the biggest hurdles towards large scale electric vehicle uptake is the ability to charge overnight where an owner doesn’t own or have access to a personal and regular parking space.
“Wireless charging may prove to be the solution for residential streets and has the added benefit of having less of a footprint on the pavement as there are no cables to trip over.
“Investing in the nation’s charging network will help counter a perceived lack of charging points but more needs to be done in the short-term to convince drivers to replace their petrol or diesel vehicle to an electric car.”
Last summer, the government announced its plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2040 – although June saw sales of alternatively-fuelled vehicles drop by 12% year-on-year, the first time the sector has had negative growth since April 2017.
The government cut the grant for new low-emission vehicles in October, with hybrid models now receiving no discount at the point of purchase.