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Electric car charging - the latest on-street charging innovations

We take a look at the solutions being developed to improve on-street electric car charging...

Hyundai Ioniq Electric charging on the street

Innovative solutions are also being found for the 43% of UK motorists who have to park their vehicles on the street. Many are funded by government grants via the On-Street Residential Charging Scheme (ORCS), which has provided EV charger funding to 61 local authorities so far.

Hyundai Ioniq charging

One idea that has taken off in London and is starting to spread to other cities is installing chargers in lamp-posts and other street furniture. Lamp-post chargers are cheaper to install than conventional ones – typically around £1000 each – because the electricity supply comes from the lamp-post feed, so the street doesn’t have to be dug up. 

Users are required to buy a smart charging lead that monitors the amount of electricity consumed. Fees for use vary, because they are often set by local authorities.

Pop-up electric car charging point

Another solution that doesn’t use up valuable space on footpaths is the pop-up charger, which literally pops up out of the ground when summoned by a smartphone app. 

A trial of these has recently been completed in Oxford, with more than four-fifths of the people who used them saying they would recommend them to friends and family.

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