An electric vehicle charging specialist has partnered with a London council to roll out street charging stations to support under-represented communities.
With support from Lambeth Council, London-based Connected Curb plans to install 22 on-street charging stations in 11 municipal areas for drivers who do not have access to off-street parking.
It is hoped that the project will help low-income communities potentially switch to electric vehicles, such as those living in urban centers, townships and high-rise buildings – areas that are often disproportionately exposed at the highest level of electricity. ‘toxic emissions and poor air quality.
“People often think of EVs as the preserve of the lucky few with single-family homes and driveways, but that couldn’t be further from the truth,” said Chris Pateman-Jones, CEO of Connected Kerb. “With running costs far lower than gasoline and diesel cars, all communities, regardless of where they live, where they come from, or whether they have a driveway or not, have a lot to gain.
“Unfortunately, some communities are abandoned by a classic chicken and egg scenario. Without strong adoption of electric vehicles, charging station operators will not build public charging, and without reliable charging, why would anyone switch to electric? ”
Road transport is the leading cause of air pollution in Lambeth, contributing over 50% of its emissions, and the Lambeth Council was the first London-based authority to declare a climate emergency.
The 22 chargers will provide a charging rate of 7 kW and will be installed within a five-minute walk of all households that do not have access to off-street parking. Their installation is part of Lambeth Council’s goal of having more than 200 charging points in place by 2022.
Lambeth Council is also pushing for new measures to reduce road emissions, including raising awareness of air pollution, and promoting cycling and increased use of public transport.
Connected Curb revealed plans to install chargers in remote areas of Kent earlier this year and told Autocar it was “working with councils across the country to deploy the charge in similar projects.”
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This notice was published: 2021-08-25 23:01:23