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Urban Fox unveils first retractable EV chargers at V&A Dundee

by Mark Cantrell
What is said to be Europe's first fully retractable electric vehicle (EV) charger has been unveiled today at a launch event in design museum, V&A Dundee in Scotland.

What is said to be Europe’s first fully retractable electric vehicle (EV) charger has been unveiled today at a launch event in design museum, V&A Dundee in Scotland.

The brain child of Urban Fox – a partnership between Balfour Beatty Investments and Urban Electric Networks – the UEone has spent over seven years in development, including a successful two-and-a-half-year trial.

Urban Fox has installed 18 new Mk5 UEone chargers across nine locations in Dundee, on behalf of the city council.

According to the company, the chargers are designed with accessibility in mind, and the 7kW on-street charge points are said to be the first of their kind to the market.

Oli Freeling-Wilkinson, chief executive of Urban Fox, said: “After more than seven years of intensive development and testing, we are immensely proud to unveil Europe’s only flat and flush charging solution that complies with the highest accessibility standards. At Urban Fox we are passionate about addressing the pressing need for near-home EV charging infrastructure across the UK, to ensure that no one is left behind on the road to net zero.”

Gavin Russell, chief executive of Balfour Beatty Investments, added: “Today’s launch marks a significant milestone in the UK’s journey to achieving net zero. The launch at the renowned V&A museum in Dundee highlights how innovative technology can significantly enhance, not detract from urban spaces and living.”

Accessibility in mind

The UEone effortlessly rises from the ground to an accessible height. When not in use, it auto-retracts flat and flush underground, leaving pavements clutter free and more accessible to pedestrians, when compared to other available EV charge points.

By simply downloading the Urban Fox App, members of the public can easily summon the UEone to rise from the ground, power their EV, and track their usage.

At today’s launch event, Smart UK, a joint venture between Mercedes-Benz Group and Geely Holding, presented one of its latest award-winning electric models, the Smart #1. A compact SUV designed for urban environments, yet offering up to 273 miles of range, the #1 is said to represent the kind of EV that can take full advantage of improved on-street charging.

Councillor Steven Rome, Dundee City Council’s fair work, economic growth and infrastructure Convener, said: ”I am pleased to see Dundee City Council invest in low-emission transport, further proving that we are continuously making progress towards achieving our net-zero targets. Dundee City Council believes that it is important to deploy charge points that are as accessible as possible to deliver equitable access to EV charging solutions, and this innovation helps cater to the needs of our communities.’’

Jason Allbutt, chief executive of Smart UK, added: “As manufacturers like Smart continue the drive to make the UK’s transition to electric mobility a success, it is vital that our products are supported by a robust and reliable charging network. The development of innovative yet practical near-home charging solutions is therefore vital to ensuring that as many people as possible can benefit from the cheap, clean and convenient transport provided by electric vehicles.”


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