One company that installs EV chargers in street lights claims this is not only a practical way to bring charging to urban areas, but also has a lower carbon footprint than conventional charging installations.
That’s the conclusion of a research commissioned by UK-based street light charging company ChargeLight and conducted by consulting firm Sustainability Analysis. First discovered by Transportation + Energy (through the Charged EVs), the study claims the carbon footprint of streetlight-based chargers can be up to 88% lower than standalone chargers.
That’s mainly because streetlight chargers reuse existing infrastructure, which, according to the study, also notes benefits such as lower costs, faster installation times and less clutter on the streets. The authors also estimate that there are currently 300,000 lamp posts in the UK that are compatible with the charger.
ChargeLight EV charging for street lights
Installation of the ChargeLight pole started in 2018, using hardware from another UK company, CityEV. While there some isolated settings in the United States, including programs installed in Kansas City and Seattlemuch of the interest seems to be in the UK
With Shell and Ubitricity wherein, there is considerable momentum for EV chargers on the streets in the UK. Startup Trojan Energy also announced its testing plan charger pops up around London in 2020, aiming to offer the same benefits as street light chargers but with an even smaller physical presence.
These solutions can help bring electric vehicle charging to cities where conventional charging infrastructure is limited. While most EV drivers do the majority of charging at home, that’s not necessarily an option for apartment dwellers who rely on overnight street parking. Streetlight chargers can solve that problem and, according to this study, deliver lower carbon emissions as an added bonus.