On Friday 25 March 2022, the UK government announced an additional £450m of funding for public EV chargers which offers a much-welcome boost for the UK's growing number of EV drivers. However, as attentions now turn to the chargers themselves, how can the UK transition to 99% reliability when the design of existing EV charger infrastructure poses the biggest barrier to reaching the UK govt's 2030 targets?
Petalite, is an award-winning1 electric vehicle charging company that has dedicated six years in R&D to purely solving reliability and cost issues in standard public charge points, engineering a new technology called SDC from the ground-up. They are now highlighting that rapid charging technology needs to change to achieve the 99% reliability the UK government is demanding to avoid penalties for charge point owners. Petalite have already received substantial private and public investment and developed key partnerships in the technology industry to launch and commercialise in Q3-Q4 2022. They have already developed relationships with leading charge point operators, large fleets, commercial businesses, airports, and local authorities. They are now in the middle of their largest investment round, with announcements to be made imminently. For further information see the IDTechEx report on Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles and Fleets 2022-2032.
2022 will see Petalite quickly progress to become a world-leading solution to highly reliable and rapid electric vehicle charging. Their much-anticipated SDC brings innovation, 99% reliability as standard and low future cost to the global electric vehicle charging industry.
Petalite is an award-winning1, innovative electric vehicle charging company who have engineered a break- through technology called SDC which confidently solves customer and EV driver pains related to 'charge anxiety'.
Petalite's key advancements in public charging technology:
- SDC meets the 99% reliability standards set by the UK government for rapid charge points
- SDC charges cars, HGVs, and aircraft
- SDC benefits CPOs, energy companies, local authorities, commercial businesses, and fleet operators
- Petalite's infrastructure can lasts up to 30 years
- Benefits from quick installation
- Highly scalable
- Petalite's 'PowerCores'2 (modules) can be infinitely stacked like Lego bricks
- PowerCores are simply upgraded when the future demands more power
- A built-in multiple redundancy system means Petalite's chargers can actively switch in new PowerCores to compensate a power loss, resulting in a highly trustworthy charge experience for EV drivers
- A vertically integrated approach means Petalite have developed and managed every stage of the charger design, including hardware design, software management and firmware updates. This means customers benefit from advanced protection in cyber security
- Petalite's long-term (15-25 years) 'Charging as a Service'3 contract increases future reliability and as result, customers revenue potential increases too
- Petalite's charging hardware features standard commodity parts - no over specialised parts
- Designed to be repaired, not replace hardware and this ultimately reduces waste
- Use of up-cycled shipping containers promotes sustainability and chargers are inherently robust.
1 - Award-winning - Winner of The Spectators 'Innovator of the Year 2021' for the Midlands
2 - PowerCores - SDC Technology has redefined the common 'modularity' design seen in most public charge points, replacing it with an innovative new PowerCore infrastructure that is potentially limitless in scalability and designed to keep providing a charge to drivers during service and maintenance. Petalite can easily incorporate more PowerCores into its existing architecture as part of its service in order to upgrade power. Each PowerCore provides a 3-6kW output with a voltage range of 150v-920v, with the first generation featuring up to 100+ PowerCores. In the unlikely event that a PowerCore fails, Petalite's chargers are equipped with a multilayer-adaptive redundancy system (many back-ups) that features localised protection in case of faults and actively switches in new PowerCores to compensate for power loss. This means EV drivers will not notice a loss in charge. For Petalite's customers, this increases ROI potential and EV drivers trust in reliable charging technology.
3 - Charging as a Service (CaaS) is based on the Rolls Royce Power by the Hour contract, a circular business model. This approach aligns the needs of both buyer and seller; that is, when the engine in working and the aircraft is flying, this makes money for both the airline and Rolls- Royce. Basically, this model is Engine-as-a-Service (EaaS). It alleviates the burden of engine maintenance. It is aligned to the customers business objectives and harnesses the power of big data to extend the products' service life. Petalite's Charging as a Service (CaaS) contract requires no upfront costs and payments are made only when chargers are being used. It is based on guaranteed outcomes aligned to a customer's business objectives, linking the usage contract with the consumption of energy, and lowering risk. This contract, on a fixed-cost- per-kW-hour basis offers a complete maintenance and care package and guarantees 99% uptime and availability to boost utilisation rates.
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