UK EV charging network ubitricity, a wholly owned Shell subsidiary, has been appointed by the councils of the London boroughs of Richmond and Wandsworth to install and maintain a network of 1,050 public EV charge points. There will be 525 in each borough.
“The current surge in EV sales is driving increased demand for charging facilities, and this can create issues for drivers who don’t have access to off-street charging where they live,” noted Toby Butler, ubitricity’s UK Managing Director.
Each of the 5 kW charge points takes under two hours to install into existing street lamp posts, the company says. They will be placed at key residential and commercial locations. Residents have been invited to suggest installation sites.
The agreement between the councils and ubitricity was procured through the On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS), which provides local authorities with grants covering up to 60% of residential charge point procurement and installation costs.