Electric vehicle innovations will be on display, virtually, next month at the Electric Vehicle Innovation & Excellence Awards (EVIES).
The EVIEs showcase excellence and innovation within the emerging EV sector, and there are many finalists from across this region.
Regional finalists for Private Sector Infrastructure strategy of the year
Gridserve’s electric forecourt network. Based in Buckinghamshire, GRIDSERVE Sustainable Energy Ltd has become a UK technology and market leader, delivering the most technically advanced hybrid solar projects ever built in the UK.
Instavolt. Headquartered in Basingstoke, InstaVolt operates an ‘open charger’ model, so anyone can use its charging points on a pay-as-you-go basis. No monthly subscription and no membership cards are required with drivers just needing a contactless payment card to start a charging session.
Another Buckinghamshire business, Electric Nation Vehicle to Grid, based at Marlow, is the customer-facing brand of Electic Nation PoweredUP, a Western Power Distribution and Network Innovation Allowance funded project. Smart charging, as trialled by the original Electric Nation project, will help to move demand away from peak times.
Jaguar Land Rover workplace charging scheme.
Regional finalists for Chargepoint Manufacturer of the year
Reading-based Chargepoint UK.
Regional finalists for Chargepoint Network of the Year:
Polar Network, based in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Regional finalists for Charging Destination of the Year
Regional finalists for Best on-street charging
Reading-based Connected Kerb. Based at Thames Valley Park, Connected Kerb’s smart cities system comprises a power and data pack sunk beneath the pavement and a visible, above-ground charge point socket. The subterranean componentry provides power and data, which enables different hardware and software products.
Regional finalists for Original Equipment Manufacturer of the year (commercial)
Dynamo Taxi. Based in Coventry, the company says it is the only 100 per cent electric black cab.
Regional finalists for Fleet electrification strategy of the year
Elmtronics. Based in Bristol, a leading independent supplier of electric car charging services and EV chargers. Last year the country’s largest grocery and milk doorstep delivery service, Milk & More, rolling out 159 new environmentally friendly electric vehicles. The new electric vehicles will take its fleet to just over 500, making it the largest electric fleet in the country. Elmtronics supplied 80 Dual Smart Charging stations for the electric delivery vans whilst also commissioning each site.
Regional finalists for Energy Strategy of the Year – Special Recognition Award.
Regional finalists for Best Consumer Proposition (Utility/Energy)
Bristol-based Ovo Energy for its First Nationwide Vehicle-to-Grid Retail Offering, OVO’s proprietary platform VCharge remotely connects and coordinates an unlimited number of small-scale household storage devices in real time.
Regional finalists for Innovation in Vehicle 2 Grid Network
Electric Nation for its Vehicle to Grid trial
GRIDSERVE for its Electric Forecourt Network
Regional finalists for Contractor of the Year
Joju Networks. Headquartered in London, but with an office in Oxford, Founded in 2006 by entrepreneur Joe Michaels and Oxford University renewables lecturer Dr Chris Jardine, Joju Solar has been a pioneer in the renewables industry ever since. It has supported the drive for solar on social housing – helping the poorest benefit from free electricity from the sun. It has also helped pioneer ‘democratic energy’; from building the very first community-funded solar project in the UK, to installing some of the largest community projects around. The company says it has been responsible for nearly 10 per cent of all community renewables in the UK, and all of its projects have been rooftop mounted solar.
The company is now a market leader in battery storage, especially the Tesla Powerwall, and developing innovative smart grid projects. The latest addition to the company’s portfolio is electric vehicle chargers, and it is becoming the go-to installer for councils, businesses and homeowners across the country.
Regional finalists for best new product or service
Connected Kerb Ltd
Cheltenham-based Cleevely Electric Vehicles, which helps families, businesses and fleets switch from petrol and diesel to low emission vehicles, enabling them to reduce their carbon footprint and save money on their vehicle’s running costs.
Worcester-based NAL Ltd for its Universal Retention Socket Foundation for fixing all EV charging points. The NAL Retention Socket with EV Adapter Plate has been designed to secure all types of EV Rapid Charge units.
ChargePoint UK for its ChargePoint Express 250, which provides high-power DC charging in a small footprint.
Regional finalist for EV start up of the year
Connected Kerb Ltd