Siemens and ubitricity bring Smart City charging stations for electric vehicles to London

Siemens and ubitricity bring Smart City charging stations for electric vehicles to London-siemens

Yesterday, Thursday, we reported that the UK published a detailed plan to electrify transport by 2040. An important part of this plan is also taking the charging infrastructure within London to the next level. For this reason, Siemens was selected as one of eight organizations to offer innovative solutions for on-street charging of electric vehicles in the busy streets of the capital. Siemens and ubitricity Smart City are bringing charging stations for electric vehicles to London. A framework agreement has been signed by TfL, London Councils and the Greater London Authority.

Together with ubitricity, they will deliver smart city electric vehicle charging stations with mobile electricity meter technology. It is unique in that it uses existing street lighting infrastructure and shared power supply, thereby reducing deployment costs and disruption to residents. Incidentally, ubitricity won the New York “NYCx Climate Action Challenge” for the same system.

Replacing a street lamp saves a lot of time compared to installing a new charging station. Installing a smart city electric vehicle charging station with mobile electricity meter technology takes less than an hour. Furthermore, London citizens get the chance to charge their own e-vehicle directly or at least in the vicinity of their place of residence.

“By leveraging existing infrastructure, it will provide a high quality, convenient and easy charging station that will help accelerate the growth of privately owned electric vehicles. Our goal is to make charging your car as easy as charging your phone.— Chris Beadsworth, Director, Siemens Energy Management

This happens very simply. As a driver, you park next to the street lamp and connect to it using a special cable. This cable is equipped with a counter that identifies the charging station and turns on the power. The data is sent digitally to a mobile energy supplier, who bills for the electricity consumed. For customers using a standard cable, charging is authorized via a mobile website.

The first London lantern was already equipped with charging points in 2016. There are now 300 such charging points across London. Looking at London’s charging infrastructure as a whole shows that the city has over 3.980 public charging stations and around 13.000 electric vehicles. The procurement framework is an initiative of London’s Go Ultra Low City Scheme, a partnership between London Councils, Greater London Authority and Transport for London, funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles. This project is helping London Boroughs meet their ambition to be 1st by the end of 2020.150 charging points to deliver.

“The frameworks we have in place for suppliers will make it easier for communities to improve Londoners’ access to electric charging points. This will make transport in London more environmentally friendly and improve air quality. These boroughs are at the forefront of electrifying London, and only together can we clean up the capital’s toxic air.– Ben Plowden, TfL Director of Strategy and Network Development

The Transport and Environment Committee agrees that it is important to improve air quality for Londoners. Rolling out EV infrastructure across London is therefore necessary. It is also open to innovative new technologies, “like harnessing the power of light columns to charge vehicles and scaling it to provide safer charging solutions that are more accessible to Londoners.”

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