Siemens Electric Vehicle Charge Streets
Siemens unveils Electric Avenue, W9 - UK’s first avenue to be fully converted to cater for electric vehicle charging.
07:55 26 March 2020
Sutherland Avenue in Westminster is officially the UK’s first residential avenue fully converted to provide lamppost electric vehicle (EV) charging points. The project, which was launched in collaboration with Westminster City Council and Ubitricity, saw the conversion of 24 lampposts into EV charge points using existing city infrastructure.
The project was launched in response to research showing that more than 36per cent of British motorists planned to purchase a hybrid or EV as their next car.
Councillor Andrew Smith, Westminster City Council cabinet member for environment and highways, said: “In a city that suffers from some of the worst air pollution in the country, we need to be supporting the change to green technology as much as we can. ‘Electric Avenue, W9’ gives us a glimpse into the future of streets in Westminster, where we hope to provide the infrastructure needed for our residents to make the switch to cleaner, greener transport.”
Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG and chief executive officer (CEO) at Siemens Smart Infrastructure, Cedrik Neike, said: “We know that half of London’s air pollution is caused by road transport and Westminster is a particularly busy area. While we cannot solve the challenge of air quality overnight, ‘Electric Avenue W9’ is an important showcase of what’s possible using existing city infrastructure. It illustrates how residential streets will look soon and accelerates the shift to zero emission vehicles.”