Streetlights with EV charge points heading for London boroughs


The Go-ultra Low City Scheme framework contract provides £3.7 million to help deliver charging points across London boroughs and the goal is 1,150 charging points by the end of 2020.

The project will provide innovation on street electric vehicle charging solutions to the capital’s busy streets.

There are two contracts available to suppliers.

The first contract includes BP’s Chargemaster PLC, Dutch company Allego, Swarco (eVolt) and Bollore Group subsidiary Bluepoint London providing the charging solutions.

One of the four suppliers will use electricity from street lights.

Under the second contract, British startup Chargy, solar power specialist Joju, and Swarco will install points using a ‘shared power supply’, such as utilising a lamp post, which reduces the cost of deployment and disruption for residents.

ubitricity and Siemens will also provide on-street residential electric vehicle charging points using existing street light infrastructure.

The Siemens/ ubitricity partnership will deliver Smart City electric vehicle charging points, which use mobile electricity metering technology. It is unique as it uses the existing street light infrastructure and shared electricity supply, thereby reducing the cost of deployment and disruption to residents.

It takes under an hour to convert a street lamp – a fraction of the time to install a separate charging station.

Most Londoners do not have access to off-street parking, but this technology enables residents to charge their cars easily and conveniently in the streets around their homes.

Drivers would park next to the street lamp and ideally connect to it using a special cable. This cable is fitted with a meter, which identifies the charging point and turns on the power. The data is sent digitally to a mobile power supplier who would bill for the electricity consumed. For customers using a standard cable, charging will be authorised through a mobile site.

ubitricity retrofitted the first London lamppost with charge points in 2016 and now has around 300 charging points across London. London has 3,980 public charge points and around 13,000 electric vehicles.

The procurement framework is an initiative of London’s Go Ultra Low City Scheme, a partnership project between London Councils, Greater London Authority and Transport for London and funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles.

This project is helping London boroughs to fulfill their charge point ambitions and deliver 1,150 charge points by the end of 2020.