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Connected Kerb selected by New York City Department of Transportation and Newlab for flagship EV charging pilot project, The DOT Studio, in New York City

  •  Kerbside charging pilot will provide a blueprint for New York to rollout 10,000 on-street chargers by 2030, cutting emissions and improving air quality for millions. 
  • New EV chargers to remove one of the biggest barriers to EV adoption for the 50% of New Yorkers without private driveways. 

 Connected Kerb, the UK-based electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure specialist, today announces it has been selected to deliver on-street EV chargers for a ground-breaking project in New York to demonstrate how public access to EV charging can drive up EV ownership amongst the 50% of residents that park their cars on-street.

This project forms part of the DOT Studio - a collaboration between the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) and Newlab, focused on applying emerging technologies to advance planning, policy, operations, and real-time management of transportation across New York City in line with the City’s Vision Zero and sustainability goals. 

The findings from the pilot will inform wider EV charging rollouts across New York City, helping to realise its goal of installing 10,000 curbside chargers by 2030, and electrifying 20% of municipal parking bays by 2025. 

 Connected Kerb will receive funding to install its award-winning EV charging points and is currently exploring locations at the Brooklyn Navy Yard to deliver a ‘living lab’ that will demonstrate Connected Kerb’s ‘smart city’ infrastructure. This involves using the company’s the chargers – which also support a number of IoT (Internet of Things) and telecommunication applications – to showcase how the EV revolution can support the rollout of other cutting-edge public access technology in urban environments. Pilot planning and design is underway now, with the goal of launching by fall 2022.  

 Steve Richardson and Nick Dobie, Co-Founders of Connected Kerb, said:

“There are around two million light duty vehicles in New York City, accounting for 80% of transport emissions. New York City DOT has established ambitious goals to eliminate these emissions by boosting electric vehicle adoption, and The DOT Studio project will provide crucial a blueprint for how to deliver world-leading charging infrastructure to support that goal – supercharging EV uptake, cutting emissions and improving public health. 

 “We’re incredibly excited to be working with New York City’s DOT and Newlab to support the decarbonisation of the City’s transport system. We’re confident that this pilot will not only fast track New York’s EV charging rollout, but also prove our technology in America, and provide a springboard for growth into the future.”   

Connected Kerb has selected Charge Infrastructure, a division of Charge Enterprises (Nasdaq: CRGE), to be its preferred installation provider for this project. Charge Infrastructure offers end-to-end services for EV charging ecosystems, from project management to installation and maintenance.  

EV ownership in New York is rapidly expanding thanks to a greater choice of vehicles and improved technology. In 2021, around 15,000 EVs were registered in the city, with over 5,000 of these sold in 2020 alone. The Biden Administration is targeting 50% of all new vehicle sales to be electric across the U.S. by 2030. 

 Publicly accessible EV charging infrastructure is, however, slowing New York’s EV transition, a city where about 50% of private cars are parked on the street. Prospective EV buyers report that convenient access to charging is a major barrier to purchasing EVs. 

 The Newlab pilot project will provide a testbed to solve this challenge by proving that accessible and reliable charging infrastructure can be deployed in some of New York’s most densely populated urban areas, where space is at a premium. It will also show that charging infrastructure can be adapted to local requirements like electrical standards and certifications 

The pilot is part of DOT’s ambition to steer the EV charging market before there is enough EV demand for the private sector to take over fully. This will be critical to ensuring that chargers are distributed equitably around the city, rather than concentrated in high-income areas. 

“Enabling greater EV adoption is critical to achieving New York City’s net zero goals, and we are pleased to collaborate with NYC DOT and Connected Kerb through the DOT Studio to help realize the vision for a more sustainable, resilient and equitable city,” said Shaina Horowitz, VP of Product and Programs at Newlab.

“We expect the pilot to provide invaluable data on how to most effectively deploy EV charging infrastructure in densely populated areas and make scalable EV use possible, with potential implications for both NYC and cities around the world.”  

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Three chargepoint providers – Connected Kerb, Char.gy, and Voltpost – are participating and collaborating in the project. 

Connected Kerb was selected for the project in June 2022, due to the flexibility of its charger infrastructure – which is often integrated into street furniture such as bollards – as well as the capability to integrate other smart technologies, such as 5G, IoT (Internet of Things) and air quality sensors, to demonstrate how EV charging can be integrated with other critical smart infrastructure rollouts required in urban areas. 

The power infrastructure of Connected Kerb’s chargers is also installed below ground, offering a longer lifespan by protecting critical infrastructure, and enabling the company to add more plug sockets above ground as demand grows in future. 

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 For more information about Connected Kerb, images and to arrange interviews, please contact: 

Will Spragg will.spragg@greenhouse.agency +44 (0) 7520 307499 

 NOTES TO EDITORS 

The DOT Studio, a partnership between New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) and Newlab, supports early-stage ventures in building, testing, and launching advanced technology solutions across the focus areas of EV Kerbside Charging and Pavement Marking Analysis in New York City. 

About Connected Kerb  

Connected Kerb (www.connectedkerb.com) is one of the UK’s leading charging point providers, delivering future-proof, cost-effective and sustainable EV charging solutions for the public sector, developers, fleets, workplaces, car parks and other organisations to help accelerate the transition to EVs for all. Its unique solution combines power and data at the kerb to deliver user-friendly and reliable charging and provide the foundation for connected cities and communities. 

About Charge Enterprises, Inc. 

Telecommunications
 
Charge’s Telecommunications business ("Telecommunications") has provided routing of both voice and data to Carriers and Mobile Network Operators ("MNOs") globally for over two decades and anticipates to selectively add profitable products and services to this long-established business. 

 Infrastructure 

Charge’s Infrastructure business ("Infrastructure") has a primary focus on two fast growing sectors: electric vehicle ("EV") charging, and Telecommunications Network 5G, including cell tower, small cell, and in- building applications. Solutions for these two sectors include: Design and Engineering, Equipment Specification and Sourcing, Installation, Data and Software Solutions, and Service and Maintenance. To learn more about Charge, visit www.charge.enterprises 

 About Newlab   

Newlab advances technologies that support the health of the planet. Newlab acts as facilitator, connector, and translator for its community of experts and innovators, helping to build, test, and scale world-changing ideas through investment, venture building, and structured collaboration with industry and government partners. 

About NYC DOT 

The New York City Department of Transportationʼs (NYC DOT) mission is to provide for the safe, efficient, and environmentally responsible movement of people and goods in the City of New York and to maintain and enhance the transportation infrastructure crucial to the economic vitality and quality of life of City residents.