This week saw the launch of the UK’s first public lamp post electric vehicle (EV) charge point on The Causeway in Marlow, offering a convenient way for plug-in car and van drivers to charge on the street.
Installed as part of a trail by operator char.gy , the charging unit doesn’t require users to have a smartcard, membership, or special cable to charge unlike other providers. To charge, users simply plug in a standard charging cable and enter the unit location into a dedicated smartphone app to activate the charge. The units fit almost any lamp post and provide Fast Charging capabilities of up to 7.7kWh, equal to that of a dedicated-supply home charge-point.
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.”
Mark Shaw, Buckinghamshire County Council’s Deputy Leader and Transport Cabinet Member said that the trial in partnership with char.gy was an important early step to make it easier for people to choose electric cars, and to gauge the demand for public charging points.
“We’re keen to reduce air pollution, and the growth of electric car ownership to replace conventional engines will help these efforts,” said Mark. “There are very few public charging points across Buckinghamshire, which means people’s confidence in buying an electric car is low.
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