Siemens unveils UK’s first converted “electric avenue”

Sutherland Avenue in London has become the UK’s first residential avenue fully converted to provide lamppost electric vehicle (EV) charging points.

Siemens confirmed on 17 March that the project, Electric Avenue, W9, completed in collaboration with ubitricity and Westminster City Council, had seen 24 lampposts successfully converted into EV charging points using existing city infrastructure. It now means that residents are able to charge EVs are various locations along the avenue, which is over half a mile long, with another two adjoining roads also set to be completed within the coming weeks.

The launch of the electric avenue comes after Siemens-conducted research found 36% of British motorists had planned to buy a hybrid or EV as their next car, with two in five reported (40%) a lack of charging points had deterred them from doing so sooner. A third (36%) also noted concerns that there would not be enough battery for their travel requirements. Siemens noted the technology used in the conversions allows EVs to be charged overnight to a range of around 124-186 miles, dependent on the battery charging system used in the car, with hybrids able to be fully charged in two to three hours.

Daniel Bentham, Managing Director of ubitricity UK, said: “Lamppost charging gives people without driveways a very convenient, low cost, renewable, energy-friendly way to charge their EVs. Cars spend 95% of their lives idle, so it makes sense to charge them while the driver is doing something else, like sleeping or working. Our technology is designed to keep installation and maintenance costs low, which translates to long-term low costs for EV drivers and councils.”