The London borough of Kensington and Chelsea is rolling out a network of 50 EV charging points based on 100% renewable energy from street lampposts. The council is partnering with OVO and ubitricity to install the infrastructure.
The system will use ubitricity’s SimpleSockets electric vehicle charging points located next to pay and display parking bays. Users will pay £0.165 per kwh of electricity.
“Most residents do not have access to off-street parking to charge an electric vehicle,” says Gerard Hargreaves, council head of Transport. “Retro-fitting street lamps with charging technology allows drivers to conveniently charge their vehicles closer to home.”
The Council will begin installation of the points this month and expects all the new charging stations to be operational by end of January 2018.