Ubitricity lamp post charger with a blue EV plugged in

West Berkshire Council picks ubitricity to install 250 EV charge points

Nic Ryan

West Berkshire Council has announced that it has appointed ubitricity to supply, install and manage up to 250 electric vehicle (EV) charge points.

The deployment of the on-street charge points in residential locations is part of a four-year contract between the Council and ubitricity. Charging speeds will be up to 5kW making them ideal for overnight charging for EV drivers without a home charge point.

ubitricity charge points can be installed in as little as 3 hours, they are designed to draw power from existing streetlamps and are ideal for rapid residential rollouts, and provide a low power, low cost and near-home charging option for councils and local authorities. 

The added social value benefits of this contract will include using a local workforce where possible and supporting two locally-based electricians to upskill and complete a City & Guilds EV installation course. In addition, the contract will support STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) events in local secondary schools.

“Across the UK we are seeing growing demand from councils and local authorities of all sizes for our industry-leading public charging infrastructure,” said Toby Butler, UK Managing Director at ubitricity.

“We are the UK’s largest public EV charge point operator with more than 7,000 charge points now live and are delighted to be welcoming West Berkshire Council into our ever-growing portfolio of partners.

“We are so happy to be working with West Berkshire on a project that will make EV ownership even more convenient for both residents and businesses.”

ubitricity are also committed to sustainable design and where appropriate will re-use or re-purpose equipment as an alternative to recycling.

“With the increase of private EV ownership, especially with 2nd and 3rd hand EV’s becoming prevalent, it’s important that we work to ensure residents without private charging points can still have access to chargers,” said Cllr Adrian Abbs, Executive Member for Climate Action, Recycling and Biodiversity at West Berkshire Council.

“It is also essential that we work towards the right network of public chargers across West Berkshire and so remove range anxiety for all types of EV owners. 

"Just as important as the installation is the maintenance and so availability of the charging points. This initiative is a step towards our desired end goal of enabling clean air, cost effective transport for as many as possible. 

“I am therefore pleased to be adding to our network of charge points and look forward to the benefits they bring to all of our residents.” 

ubitricity is a Zapmap dynamic data partner, meaning that you can see the status and availability of its charge points while en route. Find ubitricity charge points on the Zapmap app or web app by selecting it in the Network filter.