The technology was trialled by the council earlier this year and is now being expanded to further increase Ubitricity’s electric vehicle charging capacity across central London. The project will result in the largest charging network of its kind in central London.
Research by Ovo found that 50 per cent of Londoners are put off buying an electric vehicle due to a lack of charging facilities. SimpleSockets will be located next to pay and display parking bays and available for use twenty-four hours a day for £0.165 per kwh of electricity.
Councillor Gerard Hargreaves, Kensington and Chelsea Council lead member for transport, said: “Most residents do not have access to off-street parking to charge an electric vehicle. Retro-fitting street lamps with charging technology allows drivers to conveniently charge their vehicles closer to home, while helping to tackle air pollution in London. Lamp post charging is also more cost-effective and much less obtrusive as the charging points require no additional street furniture.”
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