British Char.gy announce the installation of their first charge point in London. Their technology uses existing connections at street lamps. Char.gy is one of four providers contracted to increase on-street charging option across the UK capital.
For Char.gy it is the very beginning of their journey. Their first lamppost charge point is installed and is a cooperation with the London district of Southwark. In total, Char.gy is to set up 50 such street lamp charging opportunities in the areas of Borough & Bankside, and Dulwich. The first Char.gy spot is now live on Holmdene Avenue in Herne Hill.
Southwark Council plans to roll-out the remaining Char.gy units within the next few months, supported by funding through the Go Ultra Low City Scheme (GULCS). The framework contract provides £3.7 million to help deliver charging points across London boroughs. The initiative is hosted by Transport for London (TfL), London Councils and the Greater London Authority.
The same scheme also supports the other three providers of lamppost charging, namely Ubitricity and Siemens in alliance as well as Joju and Swarco.
Where Siemens and the Berlin start-up Ubitricity provide a special cable, that features a mobile electricity meter, Char.gy is unmetered. Their unit sits a top the street lamp and provides up to 7.7kW of charging. EV drivers may plug in with a Type 2 cable. Smartphone access activates the unit and offers the option of pay-as-you-go or subscription-based tariffs.
The Go-ultra Low City scheme is funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles. The project is aiming to help London boroughs to deliver 1,150 charge points by the end of 2020.
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