For those with their own driveways, charging at home overnight is an ideal solution, their cars are charged overnight and ready to go at the start of each day. But what about the significant number of people who are unable to charge at home?
We take a look at some of the solutions developing for those people without off-street parking.
The Government provides funding to local authorities for installing on-street chargepoints in residential areas with The On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS). You will have to contact your local Council to find out whether or not they are using or planning to use the ORCS funds, and whether or not you may be able to ask for new chargepoints in your area.
If you live in Brighton & Hove and would like to ask the council to install a charger in your area, then you should email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charging equipment built in to lamp posts is a new way of charging that utilises the existing highway infrastructure, to reduce overall installation costs. The first service to emerge in the UK was Ubitricity, whose customers purchase a smart cable from them in order to use their charging posts on lamp posts around London.
One thing that lamp post chargers so far do not provide is a dedicated EV parking space. By not having a dedicated EV bay by each charging lamp post, costs are kept to a minimum, with services instead relying on their ubiquity to ensure access is available somewhere else nearby.
Other service providers are emerging at the moment, including Rolec StreetCharge and Char.gy.
The technology goes hand-in-hand with nationwide efforts to convert lamp posts to lower energy LED lighting systems, which reduces the overall power consumption of a lamp post causing it to effectively have spare capacity.
Here in Brighton, over 200 Lamp Post chargers are being deployed by January 2020, and you can see a map of proposed locations here.
These chargers help to solve an increasing concern about the rise of street-furniture and pavement clutter. The chargers live underneath the pavement, completely hidden from view, rising up out of the ground when needed for use.
If you're interested in these new chargers, you can register your interest on Urban Electric's website at urbanelectric.london.
With some people able to park close to their homes, it's extremely tempting to want to run a cable across the pavement to their car. However, this is increasingly something that is not recommended and Councils are generally advising against this. These days, many pavements are cluttered with bins, recycling boxes, bikes, parked cars and cables are yet another potential hazard for pedestrians, wheelchair users and people with buggies.
Apart from there being the law to consider, any issues that arise from running a cable across a pavement will put the owner of that cable under direct legal responsibility. Its a risk not worth the effort.
If you live in Brighton & Hove and are considering how to charge your vehicle from home safely across a pavement, it is not recommended by the Council. If you have any questions in regards to this, we suggest contacting them at email@example.com.
Twitter user @EVMaps worked with his local council in Margate to have a Rolec kerbside charger installed outside his home.
Unlike similar but public chargers, the charge post uses the electricity supply from the house it is in front of. There is a corresponding parking bay marked "EV permit holder" to ensure that parking is available for the owner, along with appropriate signage on the owners garden wall. The charging post was installed by council approved contractors and paid for by the owner.
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