Propel Fuels opens its first Flex Fuel E85 Station in Washington
Researchers develop approach for catalytic production of C10 fuel precursors from biomass-based furfural

Voltpost debuts commercial lamppost electric vehicle charging solution

Voltpost, a company developing lamppost electric vehicle (EV) charging systems, announced the commercial availability of a curbside EV charging solution. The company is developing and deploying EV charging projects in major US metro areas, including New York, Chicago, Detroit and others, this spring.

Voltpost retrofits lampposts into a modular and upgradable Level 2 EV charging platform powered by a mobile app. This first-of-a-kind platform provides people convenient and affordable charging while reducing the install cost and time, maintenance and footprint of chargers for communities.


While Voltpost can serve any EV, the lamppost charging platform proves particularly valuable for urban EV drivers living in multi-unit housing who lack dedicated parking spaces and have nowhere to charge an EV near their home. Unlike other curbside charging solutions, Voltpost can install a charger in one-to-two hours for a fraction of the cost with no construction, trenching or extensive permitting processes. The ease of installation helps bring more EV charging to underserved communities, high-density areas and other “charging deserts.”

The Voltpost curbside EV charging solution features:

  • Integrated retractable cable management system in the charger that maximizes uptime and lowers operating and maintenance cost. This system has 20 feet of cable for convenient access to any part of the vehicle.

  • Flexible and adaptive design for various use cases and environments, accommodating either 2 or 4 charging ports.

  • Safety features exceeding the industry standard specifications for environmental exposure and vandalism.

  • Proprietary ChargePlug with a pulsing light which routes the cable at a 90˚ angle to the car socket. This ensures that the cable does not present a hazard to adjacent traffic and pedestrians.

  • Modular platform design allowing for quick and easy exchanges and upgrades. The design maximizes uptime, reduces operating and maintenance costs and supports smart city services including connectivity and grid services.

  • Mobile application enabling drivers to manage charging events. Drivers have access to a map of available and in-use Voltpost chargers with the power to make reservations, track charging events, pay based on electricity consumed and gain insights on financial and environmental savings.

  • Charge Station Management System (CSMS) that provides charging analytics for public and private stakeholders. The CSMS enables site hosts to set charger features including pricing and remotely monitor chargers.

Last year, Voltpost participated in the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Studio program, a collaboration between the NYC DOT and Newlab. During this time, Voltpost piloted the installation of charging stations on lampposts in New York, contributing to the city’s goal of installing 10,000 curbside chargers.

Voltpost installed chargers on lampposts at Newlab and in a DOT parking lot, gaining insights into cost-effective and efficient deployment strategies and informing the commercial launch. Voltpost’s chargers were quickly installed in one hour, operated with the highest uptime of any service in the pilot program and elicited positive feedback from New York drivers, the company said.



How much power is available at a typical light post? 200w, 400w?


Most outdoor light poles have at least #10 gauge AWG wiring which can handle 30 Amps necessary for Level 2 Charging which is the spec on Voltpost.


They invented something that's been common in France for a decade.
The advantage of using lamp posts is self-evident, but what if your lamp posts aren't in the right spot (you don't want cables across the sidewalk), or if there aren't enough of them to meet long-term demand?

Charles, a 30A circuit should be good for 5.7KW (80% load at 240v). That's fine for an overnight charge. I saw an interview with a Renault exec who said that most Zoe owners charge once per week. They charge more during the first month of ownership, but it settles-down after the range anxiety subsides.

Lamp post charging can be harder than you might imagine. Non standard voltage to the pole, for example. Difficult administrative / billing complexities.

Los Angeles had a pilot project about a decade ago.

Glad someone is taking this on.


I was pretty impressed by a discussion I had a few years back now with an engineer working for one of the wireless charging companies, it might have been Witricity although after this time I can't be sure.

Certainly any losses from charging seemed very manageable, and things have moved on since then.

For European cities, with cars parked on both sides of the roads in everywhere, it might be the most viable option,

Here is what the roads look like near me:

Although I like France and the Mayor of Paris's efforts to return, and it is return, to 15 minute cities, where most things can be done by a 15 minute walk, work, shopping, leisure, and cars are the exception, not the rule, charged by weight and size, and for the inordinate amount of city space they take up, even when parked.

Walking or riding a bike is hugely more environmentally friendly than going everywhere by car, even electric ones.

I also believe that wireless ultimately is the best solution for Level 2 public charging. Invisible except for markings identifying the chargers and alignment guides. Virtually immune to vandalism. It will require standardization of the location of the receiving antenna which will take a while, along with solutions for other various other technical and durability challenges.

I’d love to see more walkable cities and would be personally amenable to living in one. The pace of change there will be generational, with all kinds of ancillary problems to solve. A few decades ago, I lived seven blocks from my office in downtown San Francisco and would walk to and from work daily. I would get hit up for change on practically every corner, but I never felt threatened. I would not walk that same route today.


@electric car insider:

In the US it will take a heck of an effort to move away from urban sprawl and car dependency.

Fortunately new technology hits the paradigm of driving in to work, in centralised, multi story, concrete towers, and travelling by plane for conferences, not to mention home deliveries reducing the need to have absolutely everything walkable.

Here in Europe much less alteration would be needed, at least in the cities, so for instance from the photo I linked, put in google maps 'Montpelier, Bristol' then have a look for things like grocery stores in the area.

Most places in the cities almost all day to day necessities can be picked up within a mile of so of your house, and there are bus services as well as bike lanes - and bike delivery services!

Self driving cars have the potential to eliminate the need to own a car for many, as not having wage bills, they should be cheaper than taxis.

Many, or perhaps even most, I am not sure, new housing developments here in the UK greatly restrict parking spaces for residents.

The comments to this entry are closed.