i9: 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 lamp posts, 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
Hull 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.

Responses to Suggestions:

  • Equitable access: I guess one way to prevent people 'hogging' the charger at the expense of others is probably to have a registration process that gives access to the chargers (and gives access only to residents) and then give permission per default only to one car per household. If a household needs access to more than one charger, they would need to submit an extended application. 
  • Resources allocation: I think it is a reasonable position to take that council and public resources should first go to active travel and public transport infrastructure and not charging infrastructure and you may want to open a competing initiative for this. However, I don't think it should be either or, public transport needs to be prioritised but I think it is unrealistic that people will stop using their cars entirely and many people use and need their cars to do their job. These people still need to be convinced to switch to an electric vehicle and providing infrastructure for these vehicles is an important selling point. I don't think this infrastructure should be paid primarily by councils or public funding, but councils can get a deal with a private company. People who want to use the charger, still would need to pay for using them. 

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Fairness

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Agree we need charging points in Hull, but am concerned about how communal facilities such as these can be distributed in an equitable manner. As with parking issues in general - and the rush for fuel at present - some people will 'hog' the charger, ensuring they have power at the expense of others. I wonder how we would prevent that in residential streets?

Prioritise Council Resourses

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EVs are better than ICE but both are vastly worse than active travel and public transport. Council and public resources should first go to active travel and public transport infrastructure. The provision of EV charging infrastructure should be provided by businesses at commercial rates and be subject to taxation to support more sustainable forms of travel.

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