A new range of electric vehicle charge points have been launched by Rolec EV, designed to be incorporated into lamp-posts for on-street charging.
The electric vehicle charge point company has unveiled ‘EV: StreetCharge’, which has been developed with street lighting specialists BEI Lighting and Fabrikat. The energy-efficient lamp-posts can be fitted with a Type 2 fast charging point, creating the first charge points available within a traditional street light.
According to Rolec EV, there are thousands of street lights installed throughout the UK that already have enough electricity supply available to be able to provide electric vehicle charging. This being the case, the EV: StreetCharge is able to be fitted into both new and existing car parks and on-street parking locations.
Kieron Alsop, Rolec Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to be adding EV: StreetCharge to our already extensive portfolio of EV charging products, especially our public facing EV charging range which has been expanded and strengthened upon during 2016.
“Our collaboration with BEI Lighting and Fabrikat has enabled us to design the street light EV charging solution the industry wanted. It is the first of its kind to house the entire EV charging point within the traditional aesthetics of a street light’s hard wearing shell.
“EV: StreetCharge units will be finished in bright green, so EV drivers can quickly and easily locate a street light containing a built-in EV charging point. EV: StreetCharge is an affordable, versatile product with a multitude of benefits. It can come in free-to-use and keyswitch controlled versions, or even utilise our EV Charge Online network management system.
“The EV Charge Online network management system allows every EV driver in the country to be able to operate and pay for their EV charging via their mobile phone, tablet or in-car connectivity.
“Unlike other EV charging management systems, the charging tariff is at the discretion of the EV host operator – there are no extra fees, i.e. subscription or connection fees, for the EV driver. Not only does this system allow the host operator to easily manage their EV charging network, but it can be used to cover overhead running costs or even as a new source of revenue.
“As the majority of existing streetlights can be easily and cost-effectively upgraded, we forecast our EV: StreetCharge, complete with EV Charge Online, to be a best-seller for 2017 with both EV hosts and EV drivers.”