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We are adding EV charging capability to the streets of Camden & Brent without the street clutter.

We are looking for participants to
sign up to this free trial

If you currently own an electric vehicle or are considering owning/using one in the near future, you could be part of our trial. As an electric vehicle owner/user participating in the STEP trial you will receive the following:

  • Access to a number of on-street charge points. Depending on where you live these may be located on your street or within a short walking distance of your property.
  • A free Trojan Energy Lance for connecting your car to the charge point (RRP: £400)
  • Access to low-cost energy to charge your vehicle.


You do not need to have an EV already to sign up for the trial, we are looking for three different types of trial participants:

  • Current EV households who already own/use an EV
  • Prospective EV households who are considering owning/using an EV before March 2022
  • Observer households who live on or near one of the installation streets and do not have an EV but would like to participate in the research

Please note: Due to the high level of interest we have received, if you wish to sign up to the trial as a current EV household, you will be placed on a waiting list initially. Please do sign up anyway and we will be in touch soon with more details.

Registration data is stored and handled by the University of Leeds. Read the Research Participant Privacy Notice

Email support@trojanenergyltd.com if you require help with regards to your trial.

What is the STEP trial?

STEP stands for Subsurface Technology for Electric Pathways. It is a trial installation of Trojan Energy’s Electric Vehicle charging technology. The trial is funded by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) which is an organisation working across several government departments to support deployment of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs). The project is delivered through Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) – the Government backed national funding agency investing in science and research in the UK.

Where is the trial taking place?

Where is the trial taking place?

The trial will involve deploying 150 Trojan Energy charge points across the London Boroughs of Brent and Camden. Click here to view a map of the recruitment areas and the streets where installations will take place.

Who can sign up for the trial?

The trial is aimed at providing on-street charging of electric vehicles for local residents, therefore only residents in the trial areas around the selected streets will be eligible to participate. Click here here to see the recruitment areas for Brent and Camden.

Within the recruitment areas we are looking for three types of participants to take part in the trial (one participant per household):

  • Households that already own or regularly use an EV
  • Households that intend to own or regularly use an EV before the trial ends in March 2022
  • Households that don’t intend to own an EV during the trial period but would like to be kept informed about the trial and have the opportunity to provide their input. These participants need to live on or near the streets where the technology will be installed.

When will the trial start?

We will then begin to install the network of pavement flush on-street EV chargers in both boroughs, with the equipment going live and the trial beginning in both Camden and Brent towards the end of 2021.

How long will the trial last?

The trial is expected to last for 9 months from start the start date.

How much will it cost to charge?

The electricity tariff is fixed at 25p/kWh for 7 kW charging, or 30p/kWh for 22 kW charging, for the duration of the trial.

How many chargers are in the trial?

We will install 150 charging points across Brent and Camden, London.

Is the trial approved by the council?

Yes, the London Boroughs hosting the trial have approved it and have been involved throughout the development of the technology to ensure that it meets the boroughs’ needs.

How is the trial funded?

This project has been awarded £3m funding from the Office for Low-Emission Vehicles, of which £281k will directly fund the participating borough councils’ involvement in the project. The borough councils’ activities are 100% funded by OZEV and delivered through Innovate UK: the project has no impact on the rest of the council’s budget.

Why are we installing in Brent & Camden?

Brent and Camden signed up to the trial because of the demand for on-street charge points in the local area. In both boroughs we have chosen streets based on the location of EV permit holders and where residents have requested charge points from the council. We also ensured that the roads do not have any existing charging infrastructure near-by, and have wide enough pavements for the charging sockets to not be in the way.

What happens to the chargers at the end of the trial?

Once the trial has been completed successfully, the chargers will remain in place and operational. Users can then choose to continue using the charging technology as Trojan Energy customers.

Although significant issues are not anticipated, there is the option and funding available, to remove the chargers at the end of the trial if necessary.

What information will the trial provide?

The trial will inform future decisions about provision of on-street charging for residents across the city and the UK.

For example, it will provide information about:

  • installing chargers embedded below pavement level;
  • testing the technology of the charger hardware;
  • insights regarding the commercial viability of Trojan Energy’s business model;
  • the usability of ‘cable and lance’ chargers by residents;
  • the pros and cons of a “whole-street” approach;
  • the impact on all road users on the street.

The University of Leeds’ Institute for Transport Studies will be conducting research with users and local residents to assess the trial.

How many residents are involved in the trial?

We are looking for as many EV drivers as possible to sign up as trial participants across both Brent and Camden, plus additional ‘observers’ who will not use the charge points, but can provide feedback on the Trojan Energy charge points installed in their street. There is no limit on the number of observers that can participate, although we require that observers live on or near to the streets where the technology will be installed, to ensure that they have some experience of the impact the technology has had on the streets near them.

Can I take part in the trial if I am not currently an EV owner, but plan on getting one in the near future?

Yes, if you intend to purchase an EV in the near future and want to join the trial while it is running, please sign up now as a 'Prospective EV Owner’.

Can I provide feedback on the trial, even if I do not have an EV?

If you don’t have an EV but intend to own or use one before the trial ends in 2022, then you can sign up as an ‘intended EV owner’. Just let us know once you do start to use an EV and we will issue you with a Trojan Energy ‘lance’ to access the system.

If you do not have an EV and do not intend to own or use one during the trial period, but live on or near to one of the streets where the technology will be installed and want to be kept up to date with what is happening in the trial, please sign up to be an ‘observer’ participant.

How will I learn how to use the technology?

Trojan Energy will be hosting training sessions on the technology with trial participants and the local borough. This will involve:

  • Live demonstrations of the technology
  • Information on the charge point data collection
  • Q&A session
  • Instructions for how to report any issues with the charge point and lance

What should I do if I have a problem with the technology during the trial, or want to report a problem?

Please contact the Trojan Energy trial team at support@trojanenergyltd.com

Will the parking permits and restrictions change for these streets during the trial?

There will be no change to parking permits and restrictions during the trial. Most of the trial areas follow the Councils’ Controlled Parking Zones, and so anyone with a parking permit for those zones will be able to park in the bays.

Will there be dedicated parking spaces for charging electric vehicles?

No, parking spaces are not exclusively for electric vehicles. Both electric and petrol or diesel fuelled vehicles are able to use the same spaces.

Will anyone with an electric vehicle be able to use the chargers?

No, during the trial, use of the chargers is only enabled for trial participants, and applications will only be considered from local residents who can park on the selected streets. If you want to take part in the trial in order to use the trial charge points, then please sign up when registration opens.

For other EV owners that are not part of the trial, other public charge points are available in the trial area, and these can be seen on live maps, e.g. on Zap-Map here.

Don’t other streets need this?

Yes, Trojan believe there are many streets across London and the UK facing the challenge of needing convenient on-street charging: this is one of the reasons that this project is important. This is an initial trial that will inform a much wider roll-out of charging solutions and ensure that they are able to work with other streets that need this technology down the line.

Our Partners

Supported by Innovate UK and funded by OZEV