As the number of electric vehicles on the road continues to grow, the demand for convenient and accessible charging solutions is also increasing. For many people who live in apartments or other multi-unit dwellings, charging their EV at home can be a challenge. On-street charging can be a solution, but it can also be problematic, as cables can be a tripping hazard and can be damaged by vehicles or pedestrians.
The ChargeArm Solution:
The ChargeArm is a retractable metal arm that holds the charging cable at a height of 2.3 meters, well above the heads of pedestrians. The arm is lockable and can be installed either in the ground or on a wall. ChargeArm also installs a wallbox with a level 2 charging cable that can be paired with all charging stations.
Safe and Secure:
ChargeArm says its product is safe, as it has no sharp or pinching mechanisms that could pose a hazard to children. The charging cable is also permanently attached to the arm, making it difficult to steal. All metal parts are earthed.
Cost and Availability:
The cost of the ChargeArm is not available on the company’s website. However, it is likely to be more expensive than a traditional wallbox, due to the additional cost of the arm and installation.
The ChargeArm is not the only solution for on-street EV charging. Other companies are developing innovative ways to make charging more convenient and accessible. For example, the British company KerboCharge has developed a system that hides the charging cable in a channel in the sidewalk.
As the demand for EV charging continues to grow, it is likely that we will see a variety of new and innovative solutions emerge. The ChargeArm is a promising option for on-street charging, and it will be interesting to see how it is adopted by cities and municipalities in the years to come.
Source: ChargeArm website, Electrek