Siemens has unveiled the UK’s first avenue that has been fully converted to cater for electric vehicle (EV) charging. It’s been called ‘Electric Avenue, W9’ and is situated in London.
The project, in collaboration with ubitricity and Westminster City Council, has converted 24 lampposts into EV charge points. Resident can now charge their EVs at various locations along Sutherland Avenue, with two adjoining roads due to be completed in the coming weeks.
Cedrik Neike, Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG and CEO of Siemens Smart Infrastructure, says: “We know that half of London’s air pollution is caused by road trasnport and Westminster is a particularly busy area. While we cannot solve the challenge of air quaility overnight, ‘Electric Avenue W9’ is an important showcase of what’s possible using existing city infrastructure. It illustrates how residential streets will look in the near future, and accelerate accelerates the shift to zero emission vehicles.”
Daniel Bentham, Managing Director of ubitricity UK, adds: “Our technology is designed to keep installation and maintenance costs low, which translates to long-term low costs for EV drivers and councils.”
Siemens and ubitricity have installed over 1,300 EV chargers across London.