We started char.gy in June 2016 with the goal of solving residential electric vehicle charging for people without off-street parking, such as driveways or garages. As part of its commitment to acting as an enabler of sustainable innovation, we are leading a wireless charging demonstrator funded by the Office for Zero emission Vehicles (OZEV) and Innovate UK.
Our electric car clubs will demonstrate the latest wireless charging technologies for Electric Vehicles. Instead of plugging a car into a standard charging pillar, there is an electrical induction charging pad set into the ground, avoiding trip hazard wiring and charge-points cluttering the car park and/or the street. With this new exciting innovative trial, the pad can only be activated when an electric car (installed with the specialised induction pad) parks over it.
The OSRIC demonstrator started in the summer of 2021. We will run set of trials in contrasting locations across Britain, with the Marlow location in Buckinghamshire selected as the first to go live. Because existing electric cars do not have wireless charging, an adapted Renault Zoe will be stationed at each location – available for hire from one hour to three days – so that residents can try it out and become familiar with how to charge it using the wireless induction pad. The trial will soon be expanded taking place at two other sites within Buckinghamshire, along with sites in London Borough of Redbridge and Milton Keynes, which will provide contrasting urban and demographic situations.
Here is a link to our Frequently Asked Questions for the Liston Road demonstrator at Marlow. FAQs for other locations will follow soon. We also have a Media page. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the demonstrator you can get in touch with the OSRIC team at firstname.lastname@example.org .