Ubitricity runs a public EV charging network for 14 local authorities, with charge points installed into the councils’ lamp posts. The main aim of ubitricity EV charge points is to provide on-street residential EV infrastructure where off-street charging isn’t possible, while keeping ‘street furniture’ to a minimum.
Access is via ubitricity’s SmartCable, linked to an account, which both allows access and tracks electricity usage for user billing. EV drivers can charge at other councils’ ubitricity units, and are then billed at their own rate.
Ubitricity network costs
Membership costs vary depending on personal tariff.
Monthly tariff and cost per kWh charged.
ubitricity Smart Cable required for access.
Ubitricity – Local Authorities
City of Westminster
London Borough of Hackney
London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham
London Borough of Haringey
London Borough of Hounslow
London Borough of Islington
London Borough of Lambeth
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
London Borough of Southwark
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
London Borough of Waltham Forest
London Borough of Wandsworth
Oxford City Council
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Tariffs available from ubitricity vary depending on which local authority area the resident lives in. Example costs from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s trial involving ubitricity lamp-post charge points and Ovo Energy saw two options available. Option one saw a Smart Cable cost of £199, a monthly subscription of £7.99, and 15p/kWh for electricity used. Option 2 saw no monthly subscription charges, a cable cost of £299, and 19p/kWh for electricity used.
These are just guidelines as to what may be available, though residents in the above councils will need to contact ubitricity or their local authority to find out more.
To discover how much it will cost to charge an EV from an ubitricity charge point, head to Zap-Map’s Public Charging Calculator. This allows you to select any new or used plug-in vehicle, and tailor elements – such as electricity cost and charge required – for personalised results.
Ubitricity network access
Access to the ubitricity network is made via a user’s SmartCable. Once purchased, the cable then allows access and use of ubitricity points without the need for an RFID card, smartphone app, or contactless bank card. Charges are started and stopped by using the unit incorporated into the charging cable.
Finding ubitricity points on Zap-Map
All ubitricity points can be found on Zap-Map by using the network filter. This can be used on the desktop and mobile apps, and displays only those points operated by ubitricity .
Charging types and speeds can be filtered too, showing only those points that are compatible with users’ cars.
Accessing points on other networks
Ubitricity points are only accessible by those with an ubitricity SmartCable – whether ubitricity members or, more likely, signed-up council residents. As such, those with a ubitricity Smart Cable can use the network’s points no matter which local authority they are in, but the cable will not work on other public points as an access method. Here, customers will need to access other networks’ points as any other user would.
Ubitricity manufactures and operates on-street residential electric vehicle charge points, incorporated into new and existing lamp posts. Because there is no need to dig up the pavement – the charge points’ electricity supply is from the lamp post feed – installation is faster than with a conventional unit.
The company’s units use a Type 2 inlet, and charging at up 5.5 kW is possible from most units – though some are restricted to 2.3 kWh where infrastructure dictates. There are currently more than 360 ubitricity points on Zap-Map, with the same number of connectors available for network customers.