Qwello, the Munich-based EV charging infrastructure provider, is set to make a significant impact in the UK with its innovative charging stations.
The company has recently secured a bid to collaborate with Essex County Council to install 70 electric vehicle (EV) charging points across the region, marking the county’s inaugural On-Street Charge Point Scheme and Qwello’s second venture in the UK after London.
The initial phase of the project will see the installation of the stations at thirty locations, including key areas such as Chelmsford, Colchester, Maldon, Braintree, Harlow, and Epping.
The rollout is scheduled to commence in early 2024, with the first charging sites expected to be operational by spring.
Qwello UK has further announced the successful completion of 49 charging points at five locations owned by the City of London Corporation, specifically in car parks within the Square Mile.
What sets Qwello charging stations apart is their unique design, as they can also serve as lamp posts.
Standing at a height of 2.3 meters, each charger is equipped with lighting at the top.
The white light serves to illuminate the charging station, while a colour LED communicates the station’s status through a simple traffic light indicator.
Below the display and the RFID card reader, the charging station features a conventional AC charging socket.
Notably, the highlight of these charging stations lies beneath – an integrated 11 kW charging cable (7 meters) that neatly rolls up inside the column.
This cable terminates in a 3-phase Type 2 plug, designed for maximum convenience. Users who require 22 kW charging capacity, such as Renault Zoe or Twingo Electric owners, can still utilize the charging socket with a separate cable.
While the 22 kW cable is thicker and cannot be rolled up as quickly, the 11 kW cable with 16 amps is more than sufficient for the majority of current electric cars.
Qwello, having introduced its first product in Germany in 2020, is already active in Spain, and its entry into the UK market is poised to bring cutting-edge EV charging solutions to communities across Essex, providing a seamless and efficient charging experience.