King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), a new graduate-level research university located in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, has commissioned UK-based Elektromotive to install 150 Elektrobay charging stations across its campus by September 2009—one of the largest single EV infrastructure deals so far.
KAUST will use the Elektrobay charging points to recharge 150 new electric vehicles that will transport staff and pupils around the campus.
The installation of the KAUST Elektrobays presents a new technical challenge for Elektromotive. Typically the on-street Elektrobay has foundations that are 400mm deep, but KAUST engineers must install them in car parks that have shallow, solid-concrete flooring. Elektromotive’s solution is to create a bespoke ground-plate and mounting post, integrating the electrical feed cable that can be bolted to the concrete surface. Elektrobays can then be securely mounted in pairs, or in other configurations up to a total of four.
Elektromotive currently has 160 Elektrobay units in operation in the UK, and already exports Elektrobays to Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany and Ireland.