Bright new idea for EV charging in Kensington

Streetlights are now being used to charge EVs during daylight hours in an innovative new trial. The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, UK Power Networks (UKPN) and Ubitricity have […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Streetlights are now being used to charge EVs during daylight hours in an innovative new trial.

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, UK Power Networks (UKPN) and Ubitricity have partnered to convert three streetlights in London, which will allow local EV owners to charge their cars near their front door rather than having to drive to charging points at a local shopping centre.

Smart cables determine how much power is being used and then send the user an accurate bill via their smart phone or home computer.

The groups behind the project hope it will pave the way for greater EV use and reduced air pollution in London by allowing drivers to conveniently charge their vehicles closer to home overnight.

In outer London, 33% of households have no access to off-street parking to charge an EV and in inner London this rises to 46%.

Mark Burton, from UKPN, said: “This technology avoids the need to build new electricity networks and makes better use of the cables, particularly in the daytime when the lights are switched off.

“This solution means we can monitor how much electricity is being used in order to maintain reliable electricity supplies as more EVs connect to our networks.”

The government has recently announced a £2.5m boost for residential EV charging.