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Crown showcases clean air innovations at Highways UK

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

Smart city road and rail safety manufacturer Crown International will showcase its new range of air-quality improvement infrastructure at this year’s Highways UK show (Stand D18, 7-8 November, NEC Birmingham).


The Crown Double EV Charge Point offers a seamless kerb-side installation and rapid charging experience to drivers, with the added capability of filtering NOx from the environment.


Designed and manufactured in the UK, the new intelligent Double EV Charging Point can be retrofitted around existing street furniture, eliminating the need to dig up roads to install new cables and giving local authorities and facilities management organisations a potential saving of around £3 billion, based on installation savings of £3-4,000 per charging point.


Mark Stacey, MD, Crown International said: “It is estimated that 100,000 electric vehicle charging points will be needed to cope with the 1 million electric vehicles expected to be on the road by 2020. However, the availability of rapid-charging stations is extremely limited around the country, presenting the single biggest hurdle to mass electric vehicle adoption.


“As well as the current incarnation of the charging point, we are also working on a ‘next generation’ model that will be able to be pre-booked via an intelligent mobile app, assuring drivers of charge-point availability while providing secure payment options for the electricity consumed.”


Enabling greater uptake of electric vehicles is only part of Crown’s ‘clean air’ solution though. The company has also developed a filter that can be used as a standalone unit or integrated into its Double EV Charge Point to remove ambient NOx from the air. As the diesel car emissions scandal highlighted, fossil-fuel-powered vehicles emit a range of particulates that reduce air quality – not just CO2 – and are likely to be on our roads for years to come.


Mark continued: “Simply implementing congestion charging does little to tackle the air pollution problem, nor to protect the health of roadside workers and members of the public.


“Local councils have a legal responsibility to provide clean air but many of our urban areas regularly have air pollution levels that exceed WHO guidelines. With clear links between air quality and human health, it’s entirely conceivable we could see claims brought by both workers and residents over the next few decades, potentially on a scale only previously seen with asbestos-related illness.


“Our NOx filters are designed to be cost-effective to install for local councils, actively improving air quality for those who live and work along our road networks, and are currently undergoing trials with a number of potential customers.