Westminster appoints Siemens to install 500 ubitricity on-street EV charge points

by Oct 7, 2022

Westminster Council has turned to Siemens again to build out lamppost charging in the London borough. 500 new Ubitricity charge points shall link up to the existing network by spring 2023, impressively bringing up the total number of chargers in Westminster. Westminster Council says that with the addition, they will run more than 2,000 EV charging points in the central London district. Siemens eMobility, Ubitricity and Westminster have been working together for some time, and in April last year had installed more than 1,000 on-street EV charging points.

The charge points, which are installed directly into existing street lampposts, charge at a speed of up to 5kW and take just under 2 hours to install. The rollout is planned to be installed into key residential and commercial locations, allowing residents to easily charge hybrid and electric vehicles on the street where they live. The council’s goal is to make EV charging accessible for everyone, with a particular focus on the residents in Westminster who do not have access to private off-street parking and charging.

Westminster is not the only borough relying on Siemens and Ubitricity. Siemens says it has now completed more than 4,500 Ubitricity charge point installations across London, significantly funded by the Go Ultra Low Cities Scheme. The Go Ultra Low City Scheme is a programme by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles within the Department for Transport. The scheme provided funding to local authorities to deliver a range of projects to support the uptake of zero emissions vehicles. More than half of the funding awarded was allocated to London boroughs to deliver on-street residential charge points. Funding was provided to cover 75% of the capital costs of delivery and this workstream has so far funded the delivery of more than 4,000 on-street residential chargepoints.

On a national level, Shell wholly owns Ubitricity since September 2021. The oil and gas corporation targets installing 50,000 Ubitricity charging points in the UK by 2025, funded mainly by the British Government’s On-Street Residential Charging Scheme (ORCS). Shell only needs to retain about a quarter of the cost.

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