UK-first lamp post chargers go live
The UK’s first EV charging points integrated into lamp posts have gone live this week in Marlow, offering a solution for drivers without off-street parking.
Installed by Char.gy, the units use the lamp post’s power supply and are said to be more cost-effective than digging up streets to install standalone chargers. These offer an output of up to 7.7kWh, and are activated via a smartphone browser, either on a pay-as-you-go or via a tariff package.
Char.gy is targeting councils for further installations in London boroughs and other urban areas, and is asking drivers to lobby for units to be installed where off-street parking is scarce.
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. It is this pioneering spirit that pushed us to become the only public lamp post charging provider in the UK to offer easy, affordable, open-access EV charging.”