Elektromotive has been granted a patent for its safe and secure Elektrobay charging station.
Introduced in 2006 in Westminster, London, the Elektrobay was the first public charging station installed in the UK, before being adopted across the UK and worldwide at over 2,000 sites.
The patent awarded to Elektromotive protects the design of the controller within the Elektrobay. This controls the user’s access and activation of the charging station via a wireless key fob and safely initiates the charging process when the secure, weatherproof door at the front of the unit is closed over the inserted plug.
The wireless key fob system was adopted to store personal user details, enabling them to easily access the Elektrobay socket and provide data for monitoring individual charging profiles.
To prevent interference when charging is in progress and for optimum safety, a door was designed to cover the Elektrobay socket and inserted plug. This door only opens using the key fob, it locks shut when charging is underway and is only reopened using the same key fob that initiated the charging process.
Prince Hakeem Jefri Bolkiah, chairman and CEO of Elektromotive Group, said: “The patented technology that goes into the Elektrobay ensures that it exceeds all current safety legislation and is as user-friendly a design as possible. We are confident that this will act as an incentive to governments and businesses keen to invest in an EV charging infrastructure.”