Barnet Council has installed the first 40 lamp column charging points for electric cars. The London borough plans to launch a further 40 in autumn as part of the Air Quality Action Plan and Long Term Transport Strategy.
The new charging points by CityEV are being placed in convenient locations where residents can charge their vehicles for 25p per hour and pay contactless. Residents can top up, or take a full charge if they leave it charging overnight.
The charge points are installed using existing street furniture, lampposts in this case. Different from providers such as Ubitricity, the CityEV charge points come with a display and connection attached to the lamp post.
In the next step, 30 charging points will be added to car parks along with 22 outside of the two new leisure centres built in Victoria Recreation Ground, New Barnet, Barnet Copthall and Mill Hill. At the end of the 2019 deployment, there will be 110 such street lamp charging points across Barnet. The Council will then review the measure and decide how to progress.
The locations of the charging points in Barnet have been plotted onto a map here: barnet.gov.uk/electriccharging
Overall, London is increasing its efforts. The mayor’s office recently launched a new EV Infrastructure Taskforce with TfL. They estimate demand at 2,300 to 4,100 fast points and 33,700 to 47,500 slower charging points by 2025. London bases the calculation on 330,000 electric vehicles expected to come to town by then.
More so, using lamp post columns to add electric car charging is a common measure in London with the narrow streets and residents relying on on-street parking. There are currently eight organisations in the Go-ultra Low City Scheme through which London expects to deliver 1,150 charge points by the end of 2020. The GULCS framework contract provides £3.7 million for funding charging infrastructure through Transport for London (TfL), London Councils and the Greater London Authority.