The first K:Port EV charging hubs are being delivered for Transport for London and North Somerset Council later this year.
The K:Port EV charging hub has been developed by Hewitt Studios to offer attractive, safe and sustainable neighbourhood EV charging with integrated cafe / demonstration space. It incorporates the latest generation rapid chargers (capable of charging an EV in 20-40 minutes) along with associated photovoltaic power generation and battery power storage, water harvesting and sustainable drainage, integrated low-power services and lighting, elements of landscape and planting, and a future-proof laminated timber structure. Our sustainable design derives from the Japanese notion of Komorebi; the dappled light which occurs when sunlight shines through the canopy of a tree. The essence of the tree is apparent throughout the design, from the form of the canopy itself and the timbers which make up its structure, to the collection and use of rainwater and sunlight – this is photosynthetic architecture!
K:Port formed part of successful bids made by both Bristol City Council and the North East Combined Authority, to the Office for Low Emission Vehicle’s (OLEV) £40million Go Ultra Low Scheme for a raft of EV-friendly initiatives, including rapid charging hubs back in 2016.
Hewitt Studios LLP were subsequently awarded grant funding by the InnovateUK Technology Strategy Board to develop their K:Port concept for Electric vehicle charging in public spaces, leading a consortium of expert EV and energy industry partners including ESB Energy, Cenex and Loughborough University.
The K:Port initiative is also supported by the Sustainable Technology Business Acceleration Hub (STBAH) at the University of Bath Innovation Centre.
K:Port is featured as a model Electric Vehicle Charging Hub (EVCH) in the latest RAC Foundation paper, entitled ‘Ultra-Low-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure – What Can Be Done‘
The K:Port concept and design is copyright of Hewitt Studios © 2019 – all rights reserved.
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