Number Of Charging Points In London Will Double In 2018

SEP 18 2017 BY MARK KANE 7

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Transport for London (TfL) announced this Summer that the charging infrastructure in the British capital will get a further boost of some £4.5 million ($5.8 million).

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In total, up to 1,500 new charging stations in 2018 will nearly double the capacity of the current network.  And double is certainly a number we can get behind!

The new investment is focused  standard-speed charging, which of course means AC Level 2.

However, their is a separate project locally for 150 DC fast chargers – truly also a not insignificant number.

The boroughs have sought funding allocations based on perceived demand and electric vehicle take-up. Borough teams will now work to identify sites where charging points could be installed to support local residents to make the switch to greener vehicles. The funding will also support innovative new approaches such as using lamp posts as the base and power supply for charge points. This is cheaper, quicker and easier to install with less impact on the streetscape.

The Mayor’s draft Transport Strategy aims for all taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (PHVs) to be zero-emission capable by 2033, for all buses to be zero emission by 2037, for all new road vehicles driven in London to be zero emission by 2040, and for London’s entire transport system to be zero emission by 2050.

TfL and the Mayor of London are encouraging the use of electric vehicles to lower emissions and tackle London’s polluted air. Air pollution contributes to 40,000 premature deaths across the country with more than 9000 in London every year.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:

`This substantial investment in electric charging points will make a real difference, making electric vehicles an easier and more practical option for Londoners across our city. We have a bold ambition to make London’s transport system zero emission by 2050, and working with boroughs to roll out more charging infrastructure is a vital part of making this a reality.

`But we need to be more ambitious in tackling emissions at all levels of Government. That’s why I’m calling on Ministers not only to introduce a fully-funded diesel scrappage fund to get polluting vehicles off our streets immediately, but they must also step up their investment in charging infrastructure to ensure every Londoner can look at moving to electric vehicles over the coming years.’

source: Transport for London (TfL) via

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Within urban areas, widespread Level 2 chargers probably makes better sense than adding more fast chargers. Since they’re cheaper to put in, you can add a lot more of them for the same investment. And if it’s easy to find a parking space next to a charger, then even folks without garages can get their EVs charged overnight, or during the day while at work. Lastly, using Level 2 means you don’t need to deal with CHAdeMO vs CCS compatibility issues.

Firstly, there is no CHAdeMO vs CCS compatibility issue for newly installed chargers. They all have two connectors with the same capability as the agreement between the two groups specifies.

Secondly, slow lvl2 AC chargers and DCFC serve two different use cases, they are both needed and in much larger numbers than now proposed. Compare these numbers with the numbers of Amsterdam, a city less than 1/10 the size of London but with over 4,000 chargers and pacing more new infrastructure every year than in this proposal.

Anything is better than nothing, but this nothing more than London waking up and making its first baby steps.

In 2030 somewhere between 500,000 and 2,000,000 lvl2 chargers are needed in the greater London area. That is installing between 40,000 and 160,000 each year.

NO THEY DON’T (make sense)!!!

They are next to utter pointless at this stage of EV ownership. Rapid chargers, OTOH, make complete sense.

All this money spent is a complete waste – OK so it doubles the number (of completely useless) low-power chargers in London to 3000 – that’s less than 4 per square mile! What is the POINT!

These are just the government charging stations. There are many more private and public charging stations owned by other companies. Also level 2 is not pointless, if you are going to park for a few hours then they are fine.

I’d say that he’s correct, although the devil’s in the details.

If it were an Ubitricity-like approach that leverages existing infrastructure for a temporary solution before a more expansive, systematic approach, I’d say it’s OK.

But otherwise, if installing a small number of chargers, you would really want fast chargers because each location can serve many more mile per hour, and would have long term value as back-up to people who have temporarily lost home charging (outage, EVSE failure), as well as serving as rapid destination charging for travelers.

MaartenV is quite right, given the accelerated build rates of EVs over the coming 5-10 years, and now include the need for more chargers throughout the UK, Europe and the USA over that same period. Can the e-car boom be sustained without adequate pre-installation of Chargers? Who will supply the money and management of these networks? Will the charge speeds improve, and will the grid hold up? It will be a huge opportunity and challenge.

Yes. Car owners through manufacturers, probably with additional lobbied taxpayer funding. They’ll improve with the batteries, and yes, in fact it’ll do better than ever.