‘Portable’ solar powered charging hub pops-up in the UK

Papilio3 charging station, UK

Imagine a pop-up mini solar car recharging park, which can be set up and in operation in 24 hours, partly made from recycled shipping containers. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Head to the United Kingdom if you want to see one in action.
The portable charging station is the latest innovation from 3ti, the company behind some of the UK’s largest solar car parks. The Papilio3 is a modular unit providing up to 12 fast charge points for electrical vehicles (EV’s).

The new modular unit combines solar photovoltaics and battery storage with existing local electricity infrastructure to optimize EV charging. This brings benefits of on-site energy to EV users, transitioning away from the traditional service station ‘refuel’ model.

Up to 12 vehicles are able to recharge on-site via Sevadis’ Scatalo Duo Power units. Integrated with smart back-office management system provider, Fuuse, the Papilio3 is described as offering a seamless, intelligent charging solution for both businesses and EV drivers.


The main problem with normal chargers is often that the system is not capable of storing energy for moments when extra power is needed. The Papilio3 is able to store up to 250kWh of solar-generated energy, which can be load-balanced to provide power to EVs efficiently throughout the charging periods.

Because it is possible to rent modular solar EV charging hubs, there is no need for capital investment by customers.


Each unit offers sheltered illumination and secure parking. This ensures EV drivers are safe and dry when charging their vehicles, whether it’s during the day or late at night.

If you want to see the system in action, then head to the Surrey Research Park in Guildford, where The Papilio3 is already in use.

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Author: Rene Passet

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