Electric vehicles face a challenge for urban adoption due to the difficulty of charging when you often have to park on city streets.
London is trying to address the problem by expanding a program to install EV charging stations inside street lamp posts.
Nordic countries had an advantage here since they already had the street infrastructure to plug into a block heater during the winter.
They were able to leverage the same hardware to enable street charging for electric vehicles.
It’s not the case for places with less harsh conditions, but a few companies are now offering solutions to solve the issue. Tesla unveiled a new ‘urban’ Supercharger with a slower dedicated charge rate especially for city dwellers.
On the other hand, Kensington and Chelsea Council in London have contracted independent energy technology company OVO and Berlin-based technology company, ubitricity, to install charging stations using their lamp posts.