Pledging to turn the tide on climate change – How Connected Kerb is working to accelerate the mission of COP26

For the UK – and the world – to hit net zero by 2050, electric vehicle ownership needs to go…

For the UK – and the world – to hit net zero by 2050, electric vehicle ownership needs to go mainstream. To limit the temperature of the planet to 1.5 degrees the switch to electric vehicles must accelerate – now.

But to do this, we need to ensure no one in society is left behind. That’s why Connected Kerb attended COP26 to call on transport leaders everywhere to ensure that the transition to greener transport benefits all.

Connected Kerb is one of the UK’s leading providers of electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions, expanding internationally next year. Our vision is to make EV charging sustainable, affordable, and accessible for all. We are constantly striving for the highest environmental and accessibility standards, with reliability at the core.

EV ownership might be skyrocketing, with registrations in the UK already up 139% compared to 2020[1], but many communities are still at risk of being excluded because of limited access to charging infrastructure.

We know that 67% of EV drivers wouldn’t have bought an EV if they hadn’t been able to charge it at home[2]. We also know that 60% of people in the UK do not have access to a driveway or the ability to install a home charger. [3]

And herein lies the problem. In the UK there are currently around 34 EVs [4] on the road for every public access on-street EV charger, making it difficult for drivers without off-street parking to charge their cars.

What are we doing at Connected Kerb to solve this?

We’re deploying EV infrastructure that makes charging sustainable, affordable and accessible to all, regardless of social status, geography or location. We need to make sure that everyone, not just the wealthy few, can enjoy the benefits of EVs

Alongside urban centres, we’re increasing charging infrastructure in rural areas where charging blackspots exist.

We’re also leading the way in listening to the needs of 2.9 million blue badge holders [5] whose disability needs must be catered for when charging points are designed and deployed.

How are we doing this?

Our mission is focused on:

Working together

We’re working with councils, developers, fleets and real estate companies to deliver a reliable charging network that provides on-street residential charging facilities to those who do not have access to off-street parking.

Leading the charge to a smarter future

Our charging points support Internet of Things technologies that keep us connected, like air quality and traffic sensors. We’re also part of the UK’s first public smart charging scheme, which aims to improve access to cheaper tariffs.

Focusing on Public health

Areas where residents do not have access to off-street parking are often most susceptible to poor air quality. With EVs releasing on average 66% less greenhouse gas emissions than petrol vehicles[6], by improving EV charging infrastructure we’re helping to ensure the respiratory health of our communities. For example, we have installed charging points on 11 council estates in Lambeth where 50% of air pollution is caused by traffic.

By providing charging infrastructure for everyone in society, we hope to speed up the transition to sustainable mobility for all, ensuring that everyone, everywhere can enjoy the benefits of EVs.

“The time for pledges is over; the time for action is now,” says Chris Pateman-Jones, CEO of Connected Kerb. “We need every road user to fight the climate change battle together in every corner of the globe. That’s why we are focused on deploying EV infrastructure that makes charging sustainable, affordable and accessible to all.”

Join us on our journey to a more sustainable future by speaking to one of our experts.

20th October 2021