Those ugly EV chargers
UK car sharing outfit Zipcar says it has only managed to install a fraction of the chargers it had planned to as some councils find the equipment too ugly. The company told driving.co.uk that ambitious targets for the number of rapid charging points in London have not been met.
“Why is it we’re still having arguments about whether a rapid charging post is a tiny bit unsightly?” says Jonathan Hampson, gm for Zipcar UK. “It’s probably not the biggest deal in the grand scheme of things.”
The company has plans to put 325 fully-electric VW e-Golfs on the road by the end of this year.
Zipcar is trialling mobile charging for its London EV fleet, together with tech provider FreeWire, energy company Centrica and Westminster City Council.
According to the London Plan, a strategic plan for the capital currently in consultation, 20% of all new parking spaces created in London must have a charging point attached. Anyone can apply to the local council for a charging point on their street, but the available funding pot is heavily oversubscribed.
e-takeout: One thing we’ve seen from other markets is that co-ordination is key in metro areas. At this early stage, EV drivers want certainty and don’t need London councils shying away from installing chargers to create charging deserts. Yes, we are talking about the Norway option (nothing to do with Brexit).