i2: 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.

Rationale
Leeds 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.

Response to Suggestions:
1) Fair access: This is a good point. I am not sure how this has been handled in Islington for instance. I guess one way to do it is probably though booking charging slots in advance online, similar to hot desking. 
2) Charging speed: I don't know about the pop-up chargers, but the lamp post chargers are rather slow, the idea is that they are mainly used by residents over night, rather than if they require to charge their vehicles fast, for that indeed a different, complementary infrastructure is required, and it will be most likely similar to today's petrol stations. 

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Fair access to charge time

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I think this is a great idea for areas without private parking. Is there a way to make sure that different households have fair access to charge points and that they aren't monopolised by some residents only?

What is their charging speed?

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Good idea. Do these pop up chargers have the same charging speed as other charges? The fast chargers, which can charge a car in less than an hour, are very large. So I wonder if these are too small to be fast charging, and might be very slow charging.

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