A number of London’s street lamps are being adapted so they can also charge electric cars, making it easier for drivers to use the vehicles around the city. German firm Ubitricity is working with a number of the capital’s boroughs to install the streetlamps with energy efficient LEDs. Owners of hybrid and electric cars can order a charging cable with an in-built electricity meter and will be able to charge their vehicles using lampposts in areas of Barnes, Hounslow, Twickenham, Kensington and Westminster. The charging points offer a solution to the challenges of installing dedicated EV parking bays and removing parking spaces from the general supply, by giving resident s who do not have access to off street parking the opportunity to charge their cars locally. However, the sockets offer lower power charging.
Independent 29th June 2017 read more »