Could street lamps become the next way to charge an electric car?

Could street lamps become the next way to charge an electric car?

John Lowes blogs Using street lights to double up as an electric car charge point sounds on the surface to be a lucrative opportunity. Think of all the existing electrical supplies that are conveniently dotted around our cities and suburbs for street lighting. If a technical solution could be found to charge a car using these supplies, then this could be a simple solution to EV charging in residential areas. I know that there are a number of manufacturers developing lamp post charge points and trials are happening in the UK, in London specifically. The key benefit that these trials highlight is that lamp post charging is a way to avoid expensive civils works by connecting to an existing supply. I really want to find out more about the results of these trails as I have some major questions when it comes to retrofitting lamp posts: 1. Location The main, fundamental issue of making these trials a success will be where the lamp post has been installed on the pavement. Typically, especially in terraced areas, street lights in residential areas are installed away from the kerb, towards a wall, to minimise street clutter and keep the pavement as clear as possible for pedestrians. However, what this means is that if a charge point is then attached to a lamp post, a cable would need to be stretched across the footpath onto the road. This would cause a potential trip hazard and I can’t imagine any local authority being comfortable with that. 2. Power In areas where the lamp post is mounted close to the kerb, the next biggest challenge...
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