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Charging for people without driveways and buzzing about town is going to get more difficult…


Because, as each day passes, there will be more electric vehicles on the road. By 2030 they estimate there will be circa 10 million buzzing around.

Can you imagine 10 million electric vehicles jostling for charge point time?

We’ve said consistently there is no silver bullet to solve the charging crisis. The cheapest and most convenient way (aside of spending 8 hours in Tesco whilst charging on their free 7Kw chargers) is to charge at home whist you’re sleeping. But not everyone can get a charge point fitted at home.

Other solutions are charging at your workplace if the boss will let you, charging at rapid charge points on retail parks and service stations (although still very scarce and often broken) or charging at purpose-built charging destinations being built. But this is still not going to be enough.

We recently came across another piece of the charging jigsaw. Urban lamppost charging. Which has been developed and launched by a Shell owned company called ubitricity.

With ubitricity, it is possible to charge electric cars at urban lamp posts, with the charge point fully integrated into the lamppost. The charging point they’ve developed for the UK is called “Chelsea.”

Ubitricity’s Chelsea could allow UK’s city and town residents without a private parking space to charge easily with a standard type 2 cable in the immediate surroundings of their home.

They already have more than 4,800 Chelsea charge points installed (mainly in London), which is already the UK’s largest public charging network, and we’re sure they will expand across the UK.

Although there is a downside…

Charging speeds are not great at 5.8Kw, meaning it takes circa 10 hours to fully charge an electric vehicle with a 60Kw battery through lamppost charging. Whereas a 7.4Kw home charge point would charge it in circa 8 hours.

The biggest difference between lamppost charging and home charging is not necessarily the 2-hour difference. It’s the convenience.

Who wants to stand next to a random dog wee smelling lamp post for 10 hours, when you can be tucked up in bed at home whilst your battery is being re-charged.

…although lamppost charging will be good for those who can park next to one close to home.


Alison Whitfield

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28 August 2022
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The scheme is currently open to applicants that:

  1. Rent their house or bungalow.
  2. Own or rent an apartment / flat.
  3. Are the landlord of a domestic rental property.
  4. Are a social housing provider.
  5. Has dedicated off-road parking at the property.
  6. Own or have ordered a qualifying vehicle.
  7. Have not previously claimed an OLEV grant.

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Standard installation terms

  1. Fitting of an EV charger on a brick wall, or to another suitable permanent structure.
  2. Up to 10 metres of cable, run and neatly clipped to the wall between the electricity supply meter/distribution board and the charging unit.
  3. Supply meter/distribution board on the inside of an outside wall.
  4. Routing the cable through a drilled hole in a wall up to 500mm thick (if required).
  5. Fitting & testing of electrical connections & protections required for the EV charger.
  6. An additional three-way consumer unit (if required).
  7. Installation of a Type C MCB and a Type A RCD or a type A RCBO.
  8. No groundworks 

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