London street lamps retrofitted as EV chargers

The UK’s proposal to ban petrol cars by 2040 is controversial, but one thing everyone seems to agree on is that a lot more public chargers will be needed, particularly for flat dwellers who have no assigned parking spots. Street lamps could offer a partial solution.

German firm Ubitricity is working to adapt some of London’s street lamps to offer EV charging, as well as replacing the bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs.

Owners of plug-in cars can order a charging cable with a built-in electricity meter, which will allow them to charge their vehicles using lampposts in parts of the boroughs of Barnes, Hounslow, Twickenham, Kensington and Westminster.

“Because the technology can be retrofitted into existing streetlights, we can avoid adding unnecessary street furniture to residential streets,” Greg Edwards, Transport Planner at the London Borough of Hounslow, told the Daily Mail. “And since we can connect to an existing electrical supply we also avoid any associated civils work, which subsequently reduces installation time and overall cost.”


Source: The Independent

  • ybrandstetter

    Finally some sense

  • brian_gilbert

    If the country adopts completely autonomous hired vehicles then the charging pattern will be quite differrent. Probably the charging points would mostly be at old petrol stations.

  • Brian Lichtman

    This would make a lot more sense with wireless charging. Who wants to park their car in a public spot over night with a cord hanging out of their car. Modify the road next to the street lamp with a wireless charging pad (at the governments expense) and it will bring about a standard, and probably world wide. Electric vehicles become a whole lot more enticing when you need only pull into a spot and let the car negotiate charging – or in your garage for those who have that.

  • Joe Jackson

    Surely the existing cable won’t be up to the job – If a whole street of lamp posts are charging cars the current draw will be much higher than powering street lamps ?