In Ireland, Fingal County, which is part of the Dublin Region has launched a new pilot project with retrofitted lamp post EV charge points with Ubitricity and their curbside charging solutions.
The Shell-owned, Berlin-founded charging point company Ubitricity has recently retrofitted two lamp posts in Malahide village, which is also located near Dublin. The charging points are – characteristic of Ubitricity chargers – stored inside street lamp posts.
Fingal County Council says it will be covering the costs of using the chargers during the initial trial, later moving to pay-per-use model. The Council decided to test the popular Ubitricity solutions that allow on-street parking electric-car drivers to charge right where they are parking at the curbside. Shell says that the participation and feedback of the local residents will be key to defining the future strategy for rollout of charging infrastructure across Fingal.
Lex Hartman, CEO of Ubitricity said: “We look forward to working with councils across Ireland, including Fingal County Council, to help them and customers to switch to electric vehicles. As public demand for EV charging infrastructure is growing exponentially a highly scalable, and easy to deploy solution is needed for a fast roll-out. The unique compactness helps the charge points to blend in well with the street scenery and keeps the sidewalks clutter-free. Recharging the battery whenever the car is parked anyway will accelerate EV adoption as charging becomes simpler and more convenient.”
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