The Electric Future

by Johnny Clayton on Monday, 21 May 2018

Sophie Rae, Associate at Indigo Planning & Vice Chair of YEP London

YEP London were delighted to host a breakfast seminar on the ‘Electric Future’ with key speakers Pod Point.  Pod Point are the UK’s leading provider of electric vehicle charging, since forming in 2009, they have manufactured and sold over 40,000 charging points and developed one of the UK’s largest public networks, connecting EV drivers with hundreds of charging stations nationwide at locations such as Sainsbury’s and Southern Rail.  In 2016, a charge was started on the Pod Point ecosystem every 42 seconds.

With Britain, France and Germany pledging to ban sales of new petrol and diesel cars by 2040, many organisations including energy companies and their investors, are facing significant strategic dilemmas. Although, “oil & gas together still account for 72% of energy used for transportation worldwide”. So what pressures will happen when the world shifts to electric. The key question organisations and stakeholders need to analyse is how quickly the transition will happen, and the effects that need to be solved to each stakeholder. Organisations and stakeholders across the sector need to seriously consider how quickly the transition from ICE to electric will happen, and how each stakeholder will be affected.

Pod Point are fond of the concept of “top-up” charging, i.e. plug your car in wherever it is parked and thus never wait to charge (apart from the handful of times a year when you need to go beyond the range of your car – although this often coincides with a comfort break and they are trying to reduce the charge time there too)

Why choose POD Point?

Home charging points:

·       Saving of nearly £1,000 per year compared to petrol or diesel equivalent.

·       Up to 2.5x faster than charging with a 3 pin plug.

·       Certified protection from overheating and overcurrent.

·       The best install experience in the UK.

·       Weather-proof chargepoint with a 3 year warranty.

Workplace charging points:

·       Smartphone-enabled charging points providing up to 100 miles of range per hour.

·       A cutting edge backend management system.

·       Employees can save nearly £1,000 a year in fuel costs.

·       Reduce employee benefit in kind tax by up to 86% for company cars.

·       Reduce CO2 emissions and reach sustainability goals by utilising a green fleet.

Destination charging points:

  • Smartphone-enabled charging points providing up to 100 miles of range per hour.
  • A cutting edge backend management system.
  • Increase customer dwell time.
  • Monetise parking spaces.
  • Support sustainability goals.

As we move closer to 2040, cleaner cars will have huge implications on the environment in which we live and work. Major improvements to air quality levels, noise levels near to main connection routes, and potential improved connectivity are all expected to be on offer. From a development perspective, this offers the opportunity that future sites, which may currently be unattractive to be potential future sites for developers. Pod Point succinctly captured this in their analogy on the River Thames, to which 200 years ago living next to the River Thames which was dirty, unsanitary and dangerous was unthinkable. However, today following extensive clean up, the River provides one of the most desirable areas to live and work near in London. Could the same be said for major roads, once they are quiet, clean and good routes in and around our cities? Could the north circular be the next property hotspot?

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