London’s EV Hubs: a best-in-class example for intelligent EV charging
In September 2021 Transport for London (TfL) had opened a new rapid charging hub at Glass Yard in Woolwich – K:Port. Our Yunex Traffic team in the UK was at the heart of the project developing, deploying and servicing the hub. After one year in operation, we look back and reveal how the EV hub concept could pave the way towards a comprehensive EV charging infrastructure around the globe.
May we introduce? This is K:Port!
K:Port is an EV Hub providing sheltered charging for electric vehicles, keeping equipment dry and cool. Thanks to an integrated battery storage and the intelligent energy management system, eight vehicles can charge at the 50kw EV rapid chargers (upgradable to 125kw) in 20-30 minutes at the same time. Payments can be contactless or via mobile phone. Spaces are fully accessible in accordance with UK Building Regulations Part M and the charge points themselves are protected in line with Institute of Engineering and Technology guidelines. An integrated rain garden and sustainable drainage system enhances the site’s flood resilience.
Yunex Traffic in partnership with ESB Energy has been commissioned by Transport for London to provide a wide range of EVI-related services for the EV hub in Woolwich. Those ranged from design through turnkey delivery, installation, commissioning, and after-sales service, including planned and unplanned maintenance.
“Once we had supported the design approval in 2020, we offered a total turnkey package that included project management for the installation of the entire site, including civil engineering, solar panel supply, timber construction and landscaping,” recalls Patrick Moodley, Senior Vice President Customer Service at Yunex Traffic. “Once all regulatory issues were resolved, the EV Hub was finally opened in September 2021. Since then, our teams have been continuously available to the site operators to ensure reliable and smooth operations.”
Best practice for safe and sustainable EV charging in the city
The Woolwich hub is the first of a series of purpose-built, standalone hubs in the city providing safe and sustainable EV charging for drivers. They form an important part of the Mayor of London’s ‘London Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Delivery Plan’, which identifies the need to focus on rapid charging facilities.
As the ownership and use of electric vehicles continues to grow rapidly, projects such as Glass Yard are hugely important in building drivers’ confidence in the charging network. Rapid chargers are more efficient and convenient for EV drivers, and the hubs will feel familiar to drivers, with layouts akin to existing fuel stations.