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Dundee has become the first city in Europe to introduce retractable EV chargers

Dundee has become the first city in Europe to introduce retractable electric vehicle chargers.

There are nine new retractable EV chargers in the city, including some next to the city's iconic V&A Dundee at the waterfront. This new addition marks a significant milestone in sustainable transportation infrastructure.

These innovative UEone 7kW on-street charge points are designed to seamlessly rise from the ground to a convenient height whenever needed, and automatically retract when not in use, showcasing a blend of cutting-edge technology and practicality.

The development of these retractable chargers spanned over seven years, a testament to the dedication and meticulous planning by Urban Fox, a strategic partnership between Balfour Beatty Investments and Urban Electric Networks.

The implementation of these chargers reflects a forward-thinking approach towards promoting electric vehicle adoption and addressing the growing demand for efficient charging solutions.

To facilitate user-friendly access and efficient charging experiences, drivers can leverage the Urban Fox App to easily request the chargers, monitor their EV's charging progress, and keep track of their energy consumption.

The convenience and accessibility provided by these chargers align with the vision of Urban Fox CEO Oli Freeling-Wilkinson, who emphasized the crucial role of accessible EV charging infrastructure in driving the transition towards sustainable mobility.

Dundee was named the electric vehicle capital of Europe back in 2018 in a ceremony in Japan which celebrated the city's commitment in making it more environmentally friendly.

This achievement comes at a time when Dundee has introduced the controversial Low Emission Zone (LEZ) which has led to residents and businesses have concerns about the impact it will have on their daily lives.

The policy aims to reduce air pollution by charging vehicles that do not meet emission standards in designated areas. While praised for environmental benefits, LEZ has sparked significant criticism among Dundonians who rely on older vehicles.


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