We need to replace polluting petrol and diesel vehicles if we’re ever to improve air quality in our cities. Electric vehicles provide a solution – but many urban drivers don’t have off-street parking, so they can’t charge at home.
We’ve partnered with ubitricity, a Berlin-based technology company, who’ve found a solution in street lamps. Together, we’re running a trial in London, transforming 50 lamp posts into charging points. Drivers plug in their cars using smart cables, allowing electricity consumption to be measured and tracked online.
It’s early days, but finding a charging point could eventually be as simple as following the light…
We hope to expand the trial soon, and it’d be helpful for us to know where in the UK there’s a demand for urban charging. Let us know if you’re interested and we’ll keep you updated.
Essentially, this phrase just means electric vehicle charging in a city. But that’s much harder than it sounds. If you don’t have your own off street parking, or reliable access to a publicly-shared charging point, then it’s difficult to own an electric vehicle in a city.
We’re excited about the transition to electric vehicles and believe it’s essential if we’re to sort out air pollution. But a lack of reliable charging is slowing the EV movement down, especially in cities. Many urban drivers don’t have off-street parking to install their own private chargepoint. We want to remove this barrier to encourage more people to make the move to EVs.
ubitricity is a Berlin-based tech company attempting to make electric car charging available to everyone, everywhere. They‘ve installed charging points in Oxford and more than 100 in London, so far.
In the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the council is installing 50 SimpleSockets around the local area. Residents buy ubitricity SmartCables at a reduced price (we’ve offered financial support to make this happen) and use them to charge their electric cars via the SimpleSockets.
The 50 sockets are located next to pay & display parking in 17 areas across the borough. Residents are billed for the energy they use automatically, which can all be tracked online.
The trial is starting small, but we believe these are the beginnings of something much, much bigger for electric vehicles. Let us know if you’d like to be a part of it here.
The trial starts in November 2017 and ends in May 2018.
The trial is only open to Kensington and Chelsea residents, who have been contacted by their local council (for now). If you have an EV and think you should have been contacted, please get in touch with the council here. If you want to get involved in future trials in your area, then please let us know by filling in the form above and we’ll keep you updated.
The day-to-day trial is being run by ubitricity and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. If you’re taking part, you can get in touch with them online.
Let us know you’re interested in urban charging here, and we’ll let you know if we plan to install any in your area.
You can also get in touch with your local council and apply for a charge point through them.