Designed to be installed anywhere in about an hour, thanks to its built in batteries, the NetZero compliant BzzzStop would solve flaws with current on and off grid single 'pump' EV chargers, including:
Digging up the ground
Cables running across sidewalks from home chargers
Lack of access to rapid charging capable grid energy
Difficult to upgrade or adapt to future technologies
Uninspired industrial design
Fig 1 - Concept video showing a BzzzStop installed on a seafront road in Worthing, England, near our design studio. Of note: The dynamic 3D environment demonstrates how our forthcoming PiCosm 4D Earth Digital Twin platform could be used to illustrate the impact of a proposed structure within a locality.
Fig 2 - Front of BzzzStop showing: Solar roof + rain water collection gutter. Twin battery bays with independent electronics to ensure continued operation if one should fail. Mini wind turbine. Payment terminal. A Tesla Model 3. Housing for multi-standard drop down charging cable.
The LED rings near the top of each support column provide approaching drivers at a glance energy levels for each of the two BzzzStop batteries - (Green = full, Orange = half depleted, Red = Requires charging.)
Fig 3 - The EV charging cable will drop down from an overhead spool, reducing the risk of a tripping hazard. The ergonomically angled payment + information terminal can be seen displaying a warning to those not planning to charge an EV in the BzzzStop parking space.
The BzzzStop battery capacity will allow 3-5 vehicles per day to be charged with up to 30KW at 50-150KWh, approximately 100 miles of range in under 30 minutes. The angle of the solar roof can be adjusted during installation to face the sun.
Fig 4 - Rear of BzzzStop featuring: Rain water collection tank. REKARRY® vending machine for dispensing UV purified rain water + all natural energy bars. HEYYU digital signage for advertising. USB + wireless charging ports for mobile phones (Not visible). A wood bench for pedestrians and drivers to rest and socialise.
The batteries would be charged using the following methods:
A local grid connection
In situ from a battery truck, ideally overnight, when there will be space for it to park
Trickle charge top up from built in solar panels + wind turbine
NOTE: The solar panel and wind turbine will not deliver enough energy to provide anything other than trickle charging of the batteries. They will provide clean energy to the ancillary features of the BzzzStop via a smaller auxillery battery.
Constant telemetry will notify operator and/or the nearest charging truck (such as our forthcoming BzzzTruck) when the battery charge is low.
HOW A BZZZSTOP WORKS
If not nearby and visible, driver uses app to book a BzzzStop, or if the app senses the vehicle battery is low, the driver will be alerted to the nearest BzzzStop or other suitable charging point.
Driver pulls into space. The robust crash barrier ensures that if the driver or other motorist accidentally collides with the BzzzStop, the vehicle does not hit and damage the batteries.
Charging cable automatically lowers from roof spool
Driver plugs cable into vehicle
Payment can be made by the contactless terminal or app
Driver exits BzzzStop
If at an off grid installation a BzzzStop battery requires charging, a notification will be sent to the operator and/or nearest BzzzTruck or other mobile charging vehicle.
Off grid installations reduce strain on the grid network
Two high capacity batteries allow BzzzStop to be installed almost anywhere
Each battery features an independent regulator, transformer and other associated electronics to ensure if one bay fails, the other continues to operate
Adjustable angle solar roof with wind turbine provides power to ancillary equipment and multiple connected BzzzStops
Ultra violet rainwater purifier
REKARRY vending machine
Charging perch for future delivery drones, including those from YAIR
Pedestrian bench + USB-C + Wireless charging ports for personal gadgets
HEYYU Digital Signage offers share in advertising revenue to BzzzStop owner or leaseholder
To help birds avoid a collision, the wind turbine blades are black
IP54 rating protects electrical systems from inclement weather conditions
Crash barrier protects the batteries from accidental vehicle impact
For temporary intallations or those without a suitable anchor point for the two support columns, weighted feet can be fitted to the base of the columns
Upgradable with under vehicle wireless charging pad
Familiar design will attract passing EV drivers
Overstay parking fees
Advertising on the HEYYU Digital Signage displays
REKARRY vending machine energy bars
Why does the BzzzStop roof not extend over the parking bay? The driver of a tall truck or other vehicle may misjudge the height and impact the roof. A taller BzzzStop would defeat the object of providing somewhere for people to seek shelter during inclement weather.
How quickly do the solar panel and wind turbine charge the BzzzStop batteries? Very slowly! Both are too small to provide anything other than a trickle charge. But they will provide more than enough energy to ancillery features of the BzzzStop such as the video displays, terminal and vending machine that will draw power from a seperate dedicated battery. If several BzzzStops are installed in close proximity to one another and connected with cables, then the sustainable energy sources could be pooled to charge the main batteries of one or more BzzzStop to provide a faster off grid emergency top up.
How much would a BzzzStop cost? Based on technological progress in 4th QTR 2021, we estimate this to equal the cost of a mid market EV and for the price to fall at the same rate as the price to performance ratio of batteries improves.
Why are YAIR revealing a conceptual product? BzzzStop is what we call a SUDDEN VENTURE. Whilst one or more of our other innovations are available (such as PiCosm), we felt that most other single or even most multi-vehicle charging solutions are not innovative and forward thinking enough. They are clunky, visually boring and Tesla asside, lack an intuitive user experience and flexible business model. Further, the UK government has called for an curbside EV charging solution that is visually recognisable.
As a result, in a period of approximately one man week, YAIR carried out a technology feasibility study and completed the design for a solution that whilst expensive and ambitious, takes a more thoughtful and long term approach.
Whether the BzzzStop ever becomes real will depend on the response from authorities world-wide as well as the EV industry and community. Further, the BzzzStop 3D models and video provide an example of how our forthcoming PiCosm Earth Digital Twin platform will help with visualising how a structure will integrate into a real world environment, before it is built.