ubitricity welcomes UK shift away from diesel and petrol vehicles
Our client ubitricity has welcomed the UK’s ambition to ban the sale of new diesel and petrol vehicles by 2040 in a move toward cleaner and greener electric road transport.
Company co-founder Knut Hechtfischer has applauded the ambition behind the measures as a first step towards further lowering greenhouse and particulate emissions and addressing “the biggest environmental risk” to public health in the UK.
ubitricity is currently working with a number of local councils across London and has already installed more than 100 of its low-cost charging points for hybrid and electric vehicles. These charge points can be installed where other traditional solutions have not been suitable, such as retrofitting existing lampposts and bollards.
“We welcome the Government’s ambition to move away from diesel and petrol vehicles towards a more electric future for road transport in the UK,” Mr Hechtfischer said.
“Now that the UK has determined the direction of travel, governments at all levels and industry must work together to ensure the best outcome for communities, vehicle owners and importantly the local councils leading efforts to reduce emissions at street level.”
Mr. Hechtfischer highlighted the fact that there are approximately two million cars and about 750,000 lampposts for roughly three million households in London.
“Charging infrastructure will be critical for vehicles in the UK to go to 100 per cent electric. To reach this goal we need to consider all charging options and use what’s already there, to save cost and space.
“For example, if 40 per cent of London’s 750,000 lampposts were retrofitted with electric vehicle charge points in coming years that would be enough to charge every EV once a week sufficiently for it to be driven for 200km a week or 10,000 km a year.
“That’s a lot of individual mobility for London’s privately owned and shared EVs without even losing one residential parking space.”
Since 2016 ubitricity has installed more than 100 charge points in conjunction with the London Borough of Hounslow, Westminster City Council, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and most recently the Hammersmith & Fulham and Lambeth Council authorities.
The London and Berlin-based company developed its SmartCable to achieve the smallest and simplest available charging points that fit inside ordinary streetlights. By utilising existing street furniture, this means there is no additional street clutter, costs are significantly lower, enabling more sockets to be rolled out with minimal visual impact on the urban environment.
The model used by boroughs currently ensures multiple columns converted per resident, encouraging EV adoption while avoiding the need for dedicated EV parking bays and removing parking spaces from the general supply.
As opposed to fast free standing chargers, ubitricity’s solution is specifically designed for lower power smart charging for local residents and workers without access to off-street parking. They can now charge their cars anytime at any of the streetlight sockets being rolled out across London.