To make up for the lack of charging stations in the heart of London, in the upmarket district of Westminster, Siemens has converted 24 street lights into charging points. This should encourage the undecided (40%) to buy an electrified vehicle.

According to a study by Siemens of British motorists, 36% of those polled planned to buy a hybrid or electric vehicle as the next car. But 40% of them were hesitant to take the plunge due to a lack of charging stations, especially in the heart of cities.

Also, for a few years, the city of London, in its fight against air pollution ( Go Ultra Low Cities program ), has decided, among other things, to offer charging solutions to residents who do not benefit from private parking where to install their own terminal. To reach this objective, a budget equivalent to 3 million euros has been allocated in order to find original recharging solutions.

Among them, the use of lampposts as charging points. In the city of Berlin alone, there are more than 1,600, modified by Ubitricity, the forerunner of the genre. In London, there are expected to be more than 1,150 by the end of 2020.

Among London’s most active districts, Westminster has nearly 296 lampposts serving as charging points. Among the last installed, 24 are fitted on Sutherland Avenue , 805 m long, renamed for Electric Avenue, W9 for the occasion – two other adjacent roads should also be equipped. The prime contractors are the German Siemens and Ubitricity who have already carried out more than 1,300 installations in London.

The modified lampposts allow an electric vehicle to recover 200 to 300 km of range during the night. Plug-in hybrid cars fill up on juice in two or three hours.

Ultimately, the district of Westminster aims for a thousand charging points by next year. Indeed, this is the district where there are the most registered electric vehicles, twice as many as the other districts.