A pop-up solar EV charging hub has been installed at Surrey County Council’s Guildford depot by 3TI.

The Papilio3 hub, based around a recycled shipping container, can charge 12 EVs at 7kW, 11kW, or 22kW simultaneously.

It is said to have met an urgent need for EV charging infrastructure at the site, and been well suited for installation in a compact area.

The council has the hub, which combines local mains power with solar, on a three-year hire agreement.

Paul Wheadon, strategic contract group manager for the council’s highways and transport department said: “We’re delighted to have Papilio3 installed, which represents an important milestone in our effort to reduce emissions and expand our electric vehicle fleet. 

“With charging capacity up to 22kW, multiple operational vehicles (when not in use) can be charged throughout the day, ensuring vehicles remain operational without the need for long dwell times on low-powered charging options.  

“As well as the benefit of generating solar power to charge our fleet, the nature of the structure means we have the flexibility to conveniently relocate the unit elsewhere on the site in the future if needed, unlike with other charging solutions.

“Papilio3 aligns with our wider commitment to reduce the impact of transport on the environment, as we continue to work towards achieving a greener future.”

3TI CEO Ben Marchant said: “The installation of Papilio3 at the Council Depot Centre is enabling the council to expand its electric fleet and deliver on its commitments to securing a greener future by decarbonising the transport sector. 

“This particular application introduced new constraints for our team to overcome, further illustrating the versatility of our innovative pop-up solar car park which continues to be able to adapt to a range of varied applications and conditions.”