-By the Electrical India content team
Siemens has unveiled the UK’s first avenue, which is over half a mile in length, that has been fully converted to cater for electric vehicle (EV) charging, coined ‘Electric Avenue, W9’.
Sutherland Avenue is UK’s first residential avenue fully converted to provide lamppost electric vehicle charging points. The project, in collaboration with ubitricity and Westminster City Council, has successfully converted 24 lampposts into EV charge points. Residents can now charge EVs at various locations along Sutherland Avenue in London.
The launch follows Siemens research showing over a third (36 per cent) of British motorists planned to buy a hybrid or electric vehicle as their next car, with two in five people (40 per cent) saying that a lack of charging points stopped them from doing so sooner. This makes it the biggest factor deterring motorists from purchasing an electric or hybrid vehicle.
‘Electric Avenue, W9’ showcases a shift in attitudes towards EVs that Britain’s capital is experiencing. Data shows 80 per cent of motorists in central London believe it is ‘very important’ that air quality is improved, and 83 per cent have become more concerned about their carbon footprint in the past five years. Westminster has seen a 40 per cent growth in EVs charged in the borough during 2019.