3ti P3 pop-up

NHS Scotland welcomes its first pop-up electric vehicle charging hub

Nic Ryan

3ti, a UK installer, funder and operator of Solar Car Parks, has completed the installation of a Papilio3 pop-up solar car park and electric vehicle (EV) charging hub at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness, Scotland. 

Made from a recycled shipping container, it’s Scotland’s first pop-up charge point, providing charging for hospital users via 12 connectors which are boosted by renewable energy.

The Papilio3 can be installed in under eight hours and can be easily transported and set up almost anywhere in the world, making it the perfect solution for one of the most northerly located hospitals in the UK.

It comes pre-fitted with a back-office billing system and a range of technology and user features including a water-tight canopy and motion sensors which adapt the lighting when a customer approaches.

With a solar capacity of 19.32kWp, the installed Papilio3 will generate on average 18MWh of electricity annually – which equates to over 63,000 miles of EV range - and can fast charge up to 12 EVs simultaneously at seven, 11 or 22kW.

Brian Johnstone, Head of Energy, Environment and Sustainability at NHS Highland, said: 

“As part of our commitment to supporting the delivery of healthcare in the future, we understand that our environmental responsibilities go beyond our own services. As an organisation, we are looking to develop innovative ways to harness electricity and utilise renewable energy on-site which Papilio3 is a great example of. 

With the introduction of Papilio3, NHS Highland is now better positioned to support patients, staff and visitors with EVs at Raigmore. We hope that this investment in EV infrastructure helps to convince others to make the switch over to zero-emission vehicles.”


3ti p3 with EV charging

Papilio3 is available from 3ti on a rental contract and therefore requires no capital investment by customers.


Shaun Wightman-Smith, Business Development Manager at 3ti, said: 

"We are proud to deliver another Papilio3, adding to our growing portfolio of applications, this time in the Scottish Highlands. The location of our latest installation showcases the impressive capability of our innovative solar car park, which is designed to provide EV charging infrastructure and reduce grid dependency to a range of facilities in different locations in the UK.

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