The Anonymous Widower

Clean Air For All: Lampposts To Charge Electric Cars

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on The Times.

This is the introductory paragraph.

An “electric avenue” has been developed where lampposts have been converted into chargers for battery-powered cars.

The project has been led by Siemens.

Surely, all lampposts should have an electric car charging point.

A Regret

I am limiting my travel because of COVID-19 and only using Shanks’s pony, so I will not be able to provide one of my pictures of the chargers.

March 17, 2020 - Posted by | Transport | , , ,

6 Comments »

  1. I was going to say that you’ll need to limit your time outside but you pre-empted me! Keep healthy 👍👍

    Comment by mauricegreed | March 17, 2020 | Reply

  2. The problem that I see is that the supply to street lights is low current (so thin cables) and [usually] unmetered. A typical street light is about 80W, less on side streets, drawing 300mA, whereas even a plug in car charger will use 3kW or 12-13A.

    Easy to see how the current would quickly over-rate the supply, plus cars are about 5m long and street lights 40-50m apart, so not everyone can park next to one.

    Comment by R. Mark Clayton | March 17, 2020 | Reply

  3. Westminster council already installed a few of these, about 9 months ago, near me. Not a lot of publicity, and no signage for many months on the posts themselves (and then only very small signage that is easy to miss if you don’t know what to look for, even walking by on foot.

    +1 the comment above about strength of available supply cables. Unmetered is not an issue, you need an app to start the flow so can bill electric usage based on what the app backend reports.

    The big concern I would have with all street charging (from a position of ignorance) is the potential for theft of the charge cables, which contain an amount of copper. At the moment I haven’t anti theft deterrence measures (car registration number branded on the label, for instance, like car windows, or a way to lock the cable to the car when in use)

    Comment by MilesT | March 17, 2020 | Reply

    • Another reason to go hydrogen!

      Comment by AnonW | March 17, 2020 | Reply

      • Battery cars is the right solution in some situations. Further progress on wireless charging (in street) needed.

        Comment by MilesT | March 18, 2020

  4. They have them outside my house in Leytonstone.

    Comment by Martin Petrov | March 17, 2020 | Reply


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