1 August 2022

Transport & Energy – Gul-e EV charging solution trialled by home owners in Central Bedfordshire

An innovative charging solution which enables people without off-street parking to charge their cars at home without trailing wires across the pavement is being trialled by 20 electric vehicle owners as part of a pilot scheme in Central Bedfordshire.

A specially designed cable channel, called the Gul-e, has enabled 20 residents who need to park their electric vehicles on the street outside their homes to safely connect to their electricity supply. The channel in the pavement means the charging cable between their home and car will not cause a trip or slip hazard for pedestrians.

Councillor Steve Dixon, the council’s Executive Member for Sustainability and Transformation, said: “We have all witnessed the recent unbearable hot weather that is linked to climate change, and we need to do something about it if we are to help prevent extreme weather-related events in the future.

“One way we can help is to switch from CO2 emitting petrol and diesel vehicles to environment-friendly electric vehicles, but we know there are lots of homes in Central Bedfordshire with no off-street parking and this puts them off. To solve this problem, we are piloting a new initiative that enables the charging cables to fit snugly and safely inside the pavement to make it easy for people to charge their electric vehicles at home.

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“The best thing about Gul-e is its simplicity. It really is so easy to use,
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