We’ve won a government grant to support EV drivers who live in apartments!

9th October 2020
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In September, we won investment to develop a simple solution to make EV home charging in flats and apartment blocks easy.

We are super proud to announce our development partnership with Evergreen Smart Power to make EV charging radically simple for apartment block residents. The project has been partly funded by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) in partnership with Innovate UK as part of the £10 million Catalysing Green Innovation Programme.

In the ongoing mission for vehicles and transport to ‘go green’, on-street charging for households without driveways has been a major focus of research with new business models gradually emerging. However, there has been comparatively little attention paid to apartment blocks.

With 9 million people living in flats in the UK, there are a number of challenges in enabling EV charging for residents: residents do not own their parking space, and even if an EV charger is installed it is the building management who pay for its electricity, so recharging the cost of electricity to the resident is difficult. Where many (~40%) of residents are tenants, they naturally have no interest in funding an expensive chargepoint asset for a car park they may only spend a short period of time using. Landlords are similarly reluctant to fund the asset while there is no great demand because tenants do not have EVs.

And yet (as we all know here at Mina) home charging is undeniably the best way to keep an electric car topped up as it’s cheap, clean and most of all- convenient! Finding a home charging solution for apartment residents like this could support a faster transition and mass adoption of zero emission vehicles.

Through this project, we, with the help of Evergreen Smart Power, aim to launch an innovative new business model that will enable apartment-dwelling consumers to simply pay a fixed monthly fee for a chargepoint for their parking space, including all the energy needed to charge their vehicle, and providing them with access to cheaper and more convenient EV charging than public infrastructure.

Mr Abdul Chowdhury, Head of Innovation and Industrial Capability at OZEV said: 

“We are excited to be supporting this innovative project as part of our ambition to put the UK at the forefront of the design, manufacture and use of zero emission vehicles.”

The OZEV funding award will enable Mina and Evergreen Smart Power to progress this development, and carry out the modelling, evaluation, and prototyping necessary to persuade residents and facilities managers that there is a sustainable business case that meets each party’s needs and will work in the long-term pursuit to transition towards EVs.

Chris Dalrymple, co-founder of Mina said: 

“We’re delighted to have been given this vote of confidence from OZEV and Innovate UK, and we’re really excited to be working alongside Evergreen Smart Power to create a truly innovative business model. Apartment residents have previously found it difficult to switch to cleaner, greener Electric Vehicles and we can’t wait to deliver a solution that makes charging their car radically simple.”

If you would like to find out more about this project or any of our projects, or would like a demo of how Mina works, do get in touch with us today!

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