Re: EV charging points Townley Road
Posted by DadOf4
06 December, 2019 11:21
I chatted to one of the founders of Char.gy recently (they do some of the lamppost points in Southwark - not the ones on Townley)
Informally, he told me that the business model is that they ask councils to jointly fund the installation and then they make their money on the metered electricity.
Councils have all got targets around installing more EV charging points, so this model seems to be a reasonable cooperation.
In an ideal world, this would be provided directly by the council without a private company putting on their margin, but I don't think councils have got a pot to pee in at the moment. Putting in the infrastructure costs money - that has to be paid for from somewhere
The Source chargers are very expensive, much more expensive than the lampposts - I would assume that is because the charging company have to make a larger contribution because the infrastructure is much more significant.
By way of reference, it costs me £2 to charge my PHEV at home, £4 on a lamppost and £10 on Townley Road
And finally, my POV: more EV charging points are essential - we have to incentivise EV use over petrol/diesel. In a city where most of us dont have driveways, only these type of chargers becoming ubiquitous is going to seriously increase the % of EVs in this city (just go to Amsterdam if you want to see how it should be done).
Its a chicken and egg thing - people wont buy EVs unless they know they can charge them. I think its good to see these points going in as it will encourage more people to go electric (I didn't feel I could go fully electric specifically because there weren't enough chargers)
And people HAVE to be able to park next to them. People moaning that this means a few parking spaces lost have probably never had that awful feeling of running out of charge in a City with poor EV infrastructure
Edited 3 time(s). Last edit was 2019:12:06:11:29:07 by DadOf4.