We are delighted that the solar array on our Papilio3 unit at the University of Surrey Research Park, Guildford, has clocked up a whopping 3MWh of electricity output.
Papilio3 is a pop-up mini solar car park and EV charging hub, capable of charging up to 12 electric vehicles at up to 22kW, all at the same time. It can be deployed in just 24 hours, and connects to existing on-site electricity supply, without the need for a time consuming and costly grid upgrade.
3ti believes that it will boost the roll out of EV charging infrastructure and help to decarbonise the transport sector.
In just 30 days, our first installation has been warmly received by tenants at the Research Park, with 36 active users charging their cars for a combined 722 hours – amazing!
Already featured on the BBC News, as well as Talk TV, Talk Radio and BBC Surrey, plus over 90 other pieces of coverage so far including DiscoverEV, Fleet News and Business Motoring, the Papilio3 is definitely getting noticed, and we expect an imminent increase on our 90+ enquiries!
Regular charger, Peter Bowman, of Merrow, commented: “It’s fantastic! I use it at least twice a week for up to six hours at a time and have been driving on 100% sunshine for over a month now! It’s simple to operate, works every time and one of the things I particularly like is that it’s well-lit at night.
“That and the integrated CCTV cameras makes it feel like a safe place to charge. I’m a big fan! My wife wants one at her office as well now!”
Papilio3 tackles the UK’s need to expand electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure ahead of the government’s proposed ban on the sale of new diesel and petrol vehicles in 2030.
Overnight charging at home generally provides the most cost effective, carbon efficient, form of EV charging. However, in the UK around 50% of future EV drivers, particularly those living in flats, rented accommodation or terraced houses are not able to do this.
At 3ti, we firmly believe that solar and battery boosted destination and workplace charging offers the best EV charging solution for drivers, irrespective of the type of home they live in.
By utilising dwell times of several hours, when cars are parked at work or when the driver is visiting a shopping or leisure venue, for example, 3ti’s system ensures that EVs can achieve a level of charge that covers day to day driving needs and does it in the lowest carbon way and at a rate that is also kinder on the battery.
As our CTO, Mark Potter says, “Papilio3 enables EV drivers to ‘charge where they stop’ rather than having to ‘stop to charge’.”
The Papilio3 in Surrey Research Park is the first of 30 installations that we have planned for the next 12 months. We aim to make Papilio3 available in every town, city and rural area where reliable charging infrastructure is in particularly short supply.
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