Kingman Group are best known as a signage company out of Perth, but is now venturing into the electric vehicle charging space.
While there’s a growing number of companies becoming charging network providers to support the growing number of EVs sold in Australia, the Kingman Group is taking a different approach than most.
They have become the exclusive supplier and installer of Hydra’s range of high-quality, AC and DC Electric Vehicle Chargers in Australia. These chargers feature a 55″ display, a sleek and modern design and the charging locations are designed to have a greater focus on the charging experience.
This is not the first time we’ve seen digital advertising integrated into EV charging solutions, with Get Electric also offering large displays with a 1920*1080 high-definition colour LCD display. This advertising helps offset the cost of energy.
As the number of electric vehicles on Australian roads rapidly increases, so too does the demand for reliable and user-friendly EV charging (EVC) stations. Unfortunately, too many existing facilities fall short of customer expectations.
Kingman EVC believes they can change that, creating locations that are far more than just EV charging stations. Kingman EVC creates a unique experience for users – an EVC ‘eco-system’ complete with custom-built shade structures, seating, interactive digital screen, vending machines, electric scooter charging and much more.
The chargers themselves offer dual fast AC charging in 7kW, 22kW and 43kW (I don’t know of any cars that can accept 43kW AC charging), along with a 202kW Goliath Rapid DC Charger model that can rapid charge up to three electric vehicles simultaneously.
The Australian Government has set an ambitious target of 3.8 million EVs on the road by 2030, with roughly 83,000 EVs currently on the road. In Western Australia alone, that means 380,000 EVs on the road in the next 7 years, up from the current 8,300.
With EV sales already experiencing exponential growth year on year, the number of charging stations will need to grow at a rapid pace to keep up with demand.
One of the big challenges with EV charging infrastructure has been reliability. These chargers connect via something called the Kingman EVC Cloud, which means outages should be detected quickly.
Kingman CEO Norman Asch explains the company’s entry into the EVC market:
For the first time, businesses can design an EVC eco-system to suit their requirements and brand. Leveraging the Group’s fabrication and installation capability, Kingman build environmentally friendly charging stations that provide shade, solar panels, seating and more.
A range of certified Hydra EV Chargers is available, including the ‘Apollo’ which includes a fully integrated 55” digital screen allowing operators to communicate with customers and deliver display advertising.
Kingman EVC is the latest addition to the 39-year-old signage company’s offering, alongside its digital signage and core signage divisions. The company is looking to expand its product offering further to provide a complete one-stop signage and visual solution for major commercial developments.
Kingman was responsible for producing the full suite of signage at Optus Stadium – a total of over 12,500 signs from directional and statutory signage to the illuminated stadium signage. Recently, the company installed Australia’s largest sky sign at St John of God Murdoch Hospital at 56 metres long.