Can you charge your electric car from a lamp post?
Posted by Gabby Mallett on 27 March 2017 at 5:09 pm
Well actually you can’t, unless you happen to live in Onslow Gardens in Kensington, but some residents there can. Back in December the Government made £2.5m of funding available via its On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme, which enabled Local Authorities to install charge points in residential areas where there is no off street parking.
What has happening in Onslow Gardens is that two street lights have been converted to enable electric vehicles to be charged. There are currently only two residents who benefit from the scheme, both of whom used to charge their cars at a local shopping centre, but many more are now interested.
A clever App is used to provide accurate bills, yes sadly they do have to pay for the electricity they use, but this means that they can now charge their vehicles just outside their own front doors.
Given that air pollution in London is known to be breaking legal limits on an almost daily basis Electric Vehicles do seem the way to go. Tom Coleridge, Cabinet Member for Highways at Kensington Council explained that “a growing number of residents have made enquiries about the availability of electric vehicle charging points here in Kensington and Chelsea. The use of street lights as charging points provides electric vehicle owners and users charging opportunities closer to where they live and work. If this trial is successful we will look at exploring other opportunities for using street lights in this way.”
Of course one of the great benefits of this technology, which apparently takes less than an hour to fit, will be where lights outside offices can be used. That will mean that many people can drive to work, charge their cars during the day when the street lights are not in use (and PV is producing most) and then drive home knowing that they are fully charged.
Now that the government has announced the funding there should be plenty more examples of this technology popping up around the country, and perhaps other novel ideas too.
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