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• • • ELECTRIC VEHICLES • • •


Decentralised EV charging is revolutionising transportation


Jordan Brompton, co-founder and CMO of myenergi, discusses how first-to-market innovation is driving the UK’s transition to electrification and why eco-smart technology is leading the charge


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he transition from internal combustion- powered vehicles to a new dawn of sustainable transport has proven one of the biggest engineering successes of our generation. While the move has been warmly welcomed by both scientists and technology experts alike, who have continued to voice their concerns about the environmental impact of carbon, the barriers to adoption have proven hugely challenging. From battery design and vehicle range, to safety and reliability, innovation has proven pivotal to progress. Yet, thanks to collaboration, knowledge share, investment and research, we are firmly on track to embrace the new dawn. Indeed, the average range of an EV now sits at roughly 211 miles on a full charge – firmly in-line with their petrol and diesel predecessors. In the future, technology companies may be well on their way to developing battery-powered air travel and then who knows, space travel? However, while developing batteries for EVs is one thing, charging them cleanly, safely and effectively – while guaranteeing minimal environmental impact – is another. Rather than simply a powerful socket connected to the grid, the next generation of EV charging devices are looking towards pioneering ways to embrace zero carbon energy sources; in essence, taking charging supply completely off-grid.


2030 - THE RACE IS ON


According to the latest market insight, 215,000 pure-electric vehicles and 455,000 plug-in hybrids are now registered on UK roads. With the government’s recently-announced ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2030, this number is expected to increase dramatically over the next decade. While electric vehicles have previously been seen


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as an ‘early stage’ technology, the latest models overcome almost every barrier to adoption, meaning drivers are more supportive of electrification than ever before. Indeed, according to the consumer research from Nissan, 70% of drivers would consider switching to an alternatively- fuelled vehicle, while insight from our own research suggests that drivers would rather buy a Tesla than a model from any other OEM brand. But more than just excite motorists and inspire


investment into a revolutionary line-up of highly sophisticated electric vehicles, this trajectory has led to further development into innovative charging devices for both at-home and on-the-go charging scenarios. From ‘rapid charging’ public charging points, which are capable of delivering a full charge in less than 20 minutes, to clever home charging points that can be programmed to find the most cost- effective ways to charge your vehicle, innovation is making owning an EV easier – and more practical – than ever before!


CHARGE YOUR EV WITH YOUR PV


While EVs are becoming more widely used and accepted, one simple aspect remains the elephant in the room – the source of electricity needed to power your vehicle. Indeed, while zero tailpipe emissions, lower inner-city pollution and a reduction in our national reliance on petrochemicals seems a sensible platform for the transition to electrification, charging vehicles using mains electricity still primarily relies on fossil fuels. Here’s where eco-smart charging technology


enters the equation – our raison d'être. A pioneer in first-to-market sustainable technology solutions, myenergi is renowned worldwide for our range of environmentally-friendly energy devices. From clever solutions to heat your immersion tank


with self-generated electricity, to innovative ways to self-consume domestic renewables, our product range helps homeowners to achieve complete energy independence.


Our clever EV charging device – zappi – is the market’s first solution capable of harnessing 100% green energy to charge your vehicle. Alongside operating as standard for electric car charging, it has optional charging modes to utilise renewable energy generated from solar PV panels or domestic wind turbines. With a whole host of carefully designed features to give customers complete control of their charging experience, it can be paired with the myenergi app to utilise economy tariffs, deploy the boost function and provide insightful monitoring data. In essence, zappi closes the circular economy loop


on electric vehicles. By charging your EV with renewable energy, it’s possible to eliminate reliance on the national grid and become completely self- sufficient in terms of energy use. What’s more, you can eliminate the carbon impact of your vehicle charging – simple, yet highly sustainable.


LOOKING TO THE FUTURE


With 32 million drivers quickly switching from combustion engines to electric, charge points are becoming a household staple. While driving an electric vehicle is the most sustainable transport method possible, decentralised powergen can further lower environmental impact. With zappi, we’re making it easier for drivers to take control of their charging – clean, safe, efficient and effective. Is it therefore possible to embrace zero carbon


energy sources and take charging supply completely off-grid? Absolutely. What’s more, it’s helping to pioneer the future of sustainable transport.


MYENERGI myenergi.com


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