Lamp posts light the way for EV charg­ing

The Herald Magazine - - etc DRIVE -

THE first lamp post-mounted elec­tric ve­hi­cle charg­ing points in Lon­don have been in­stalled, mak­ing EV own­er­ship more ac­ces­si­ble for res­i­dents. South­wark Coun­cil has fit­ted 50 points in two lo­ca­tions: Bor­ough and Bank­side, as well as Dul­wich. The points have been pro­vided by sup­plier, which of­fers rolling con­tracts and pay-and-go.

The coun­cil says putting charg­ing points on lamp posts is a great op­tion as they use ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture and can be moved should de­mand fluc­tu­ate. It plans to fit more points in the near fu­ture, but hasn’t spec­i­fied which ar­eas will be next to ben­e­fit.

Sim­i­lar in­no­va­tions are be­ing seen here in Scot­land. This month The Her­ald’s Cli­mate For Change cam­paign part­ner, New­ton Prop­erty Man­age­ment, an­nounced it would be launch­ing the first phase of an ini­tia­tive that would see 50 new EV charg­ing points in­stalled by 2020.

Joint MD Derek Mac­Don­ald points out the cam­paign for change may start off small, even with only one charge point in a vis­i­tor space in a car park for a block of flats – but if it’s a choice be­tween none and one, the first one can con­vince some­one to buy an EV.

“Then we in­stall the se­cond and a third,” he says. “We are talk­ing to own­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tions in sev­eral large city cen­tre devel­op­ments through­out the coun­try with a view to pre-wiring elec­tric­ity sup­plies to ev­ery car park space. Hun­dreds of them.”

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