i13: Lamp post electric vehicle charging infrastructure

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For electric vehicles ownership to become more widespread we need to expand the electric vehicle charging options for people, in particular allowing people to re-charge their electric vehicle where they live overnight. In Islington, London, but also some other areas, a trial to install charging units in lamp posts have been quite successful (see here: https://www.islington.media/news/islington-transforms-lampposts-into-charging-points-to-help-tackle-air-pollution). We suggest that our city should also embrace installing EV charging units in lampposts, particularly in areas where on-street parking is unavoidable and where people cannot install chargers at their homes. In Islington in order to use the lamppost charging points drivers have two simple options.  (1) Use a standard charging cable and scan a QR code which is on the column, or (2) alternatively purchase a SmartCable with an energy account. The SmartCable is completely plug & play, provides cheaper charging tariffs as well the possibility of future choice regarding energy supplier and the range of tariffs available.


Bradford region has many areas with a lack of off-street parking. If people want to purchase an electric vehicle they would not be able to install a charger at their property to charge their car overnight. If we want to make sure that these people can make the transition to electric vehicles as well, we need to ensure they have easy access to charging stations. Solutions and expertise is available from companies such as Siemens and Ubitricity. These charging units could be also used by many people relying heavily on car usage for their professions (e.g. delivery drivers or manual workmen), with this infrastructure available they are more likely to switch to an electric vehicle.

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I agree with Viktoria that safety and pavement use are things that would need consideration. In my area people are often forced to walk on the road because of narrow/obstructed pavements and this must be avoided. I would suggest as an initial idea that plastic covers (like those used on worksites e.g. https://www.theworkplacedepot.co.uk/1-channel-cable-protector?gclid=CjwKCAjw7--KBhAMEiwAxfpkWOcIsuiv...) be used  to reduce trip hazards. Does anyone else know of/have thoughts on further possible solutions? 

The issue of access to these points on busy residential streets is likely to be a challenge if large numbers of people switch to electric vehicles. It may be that lampost chargers need to be part of a bigger scheme which introduces a range of charging option to try and address the accessibility issue. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

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Hazzard from cables on the road?

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I like this idea and it seems it's been already implemented in some areas. I just wonder is there any hazzard from cables being on the road or pavement, e.g. people tripping over them, particularly in the night? And is there any danger of animals chewing on cables? Were these risks assessed in the exemplary projects cited or were any pre-cautionary measures implemented to address these potential hazzards?

Ensuring fair access

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How could we try and ensure people have fair access to charge points when we are dealing with on street parking (which can be a battle in itself). Is there a risk some people will be left unable to access these on street charge points in areas were there are lots of housing (for example my road has back to back houses and lots of residents)?

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