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Streetlight charging company Ubitricity chooses EDF Energy to power its EV charging network

Ubitricity, a company offering alternative, low-cost electric vehicle (EV) charge points that can be integrated into streetlight posts and bollards, chose EDF Energy to be the electricity provider for its UK charging network, ensuring that EV drivers have access to 100 per cent renewable backed electricity through all 1,800 ubitricity public charge points.

Together, EDF Energy and ubitricity will help those without off-street parking and those who live in apartments and urban areas to access a reliable supply of power to charge their EVs. Around 40% of cars are parked on the street overnight in the UK, meaning an offer such as this is needed to make EVs a reality.

Ubitricity has more than 50% of the market share in 10 urban local authorities, including Liverpool, Portsmouth and central London boroughs such as Westminster. The deal is particularly significant for the capital, which currently has more than 1,600 ubitricity charge points.

Ubitricity’s approach to EV charging infrastructure aims to support the wide adoption of EVs by providing charging points for on-street parking locations. EDF Energy’s supply to these chargers is part of their commitment to being a major player in the EV sector, making it easier for businesses and consumers to access the infrastructure and the low-carbon energy that will help to decarbonise transport.

Ubitricity’s 1,800 public-access charge points each have a typical capacity of 5.5kW, giving their network a total capacity of 9.9 MW. The network is made up of thousands of smaller capacity chargers which facilitate the integration and use of renewable power. Smart charging means that electric cars plugged in to ubitricity’s chargers respond to times of high and low demand on the grid, so that it can accommodate the fluctuations created by renewable energy.

Low-cost public charging networks are crucial to EV adoption, as range anxiety remains a persistent concern amongst consumers and businesses.



This "responsive" characteristic is superficially good, but requires that EVs be plugged in when the unreliable energy is available.  This essentially requires that EVs be plugged in all the time they're not driving (which I think they ought to be), but it requires at least one charging point per EV if not more.  By that metric, 1800 charging points in London is too low by orders of magnitude.

If EVs have to wait out lulls before they can get power, the utility of EVs will be severely impaired.  The same is true of everything else.  This issue will only get worse as more "renewables" are forced onto the grid.

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