Public EV charging points hit UK’s lamp posts

char.gy’s devices do not require users to have a smartcard, membership or special cable to charge

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Public electric vehicle (EV) charging points attached to lamp posts have been launched in Marlow.

char.gy aims to accelerate the uptake of low carbon cars across the UK by offering drivers of plug-in car and vans a convenient way to charge on the street.

It is the first provider to offer open-access charging in accordance with government legislation passed in November making it a legal requirement for charge point providers to support open-access public charging.

The firm says the new charge points offer an easy-to-install option for local authorities at a more affordable cost than digging up streets to install new infrastructure.

The equipment can be fitted to almost any lamp post and provides charging capabilities equal to that of a dedicated domestic device.

The charge points do not require users to have a smartcard, membership or special cable to charge.

Richard Stobart, CEO of char.gy, said: “We want to make it possible for anyone to own an EV – particularly those without off-street parking.

“char.gy’s mission is to make EV charging as simple as possible for drivers. We want range anxiety and looking for working charge points to be a thing of the past.”

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