Elektromotive is a UK based company specialising in the manufacture and installation of charging infrastructure for electric cars and other electric vehicles, using their trade name of Elektrobay. The company has partnerships with major corporations including EDF Energy and Mercedes-Benz to supply charging posts and data services.
The first Elektrobays were installed by Westminster City Council in 2006 (branded as 'Juice Point'), with there now being over 100 units in London. The Elektrobays are frequently used by EV users, with the Berkeley Square location in particular being frequently over subscribed.
In February 2009, Westminster City Council was accused by energy suppler Npower of infringing its trademark by calling their Elektrobays 'Juice Points'.
The company's main product is a range of Elektrobay units for charging vehicles that supply 13amps 230v suitable for slow-charging vehicles. These are available as free standing posts, wall mounted and with a range of connectors. They also offer intelligent systems to communicate with the vehicle while charging.
They are currently working on a version that will also supply 32amp-Three phase for faster charging of vehicles that support that feature
Mercedes-Benz and Smart have been preparing for the widespread uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK by beginning the installation of recharging points across their dealer networks. Currently, 20 Elektrobay recharging units have been installed at seven locations as part of a pilot project. Further expansion of the initiative is planned for late-2010.
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