How About Charging Your Electric Car From A Lamppost?


If you’re a suburban dweller, you may not see what the big deal is about charging infrastructure. You spend a few hundred bucks to install an EV charger in your garage or driveway, and Bob’s your uncle – charging is as convenient as plugging in every evening when you get home. However, millions of apartment-dwellers around the world, many of them affluent, eco-conscious consumers who would love to buy an electric car, rely on street parking, and for them, the issue of charging is a major obstacle to going electric. The poster city for this problem is London, where some 78% of households have no private parking spaces.

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Above: Tesla Model S parks on a city street looking for a charge (Image: planphilly)

A startup called has a possible solution: installing chargers in lamp posts. Earlier this year, the company installed some of its open-access charge points in Marlow, near London. Now Transport for London (TfL) has added’s lamppost-based charging system to its EV Charging Infrastructure Procurement Framework, a system that connects equipment suppliers with local borough governments. The new framework aims to install 1,150 on-street EV charge points across London by the end of 2020.

Above: A close-up view of the sleek, inconspicuous, electric vehicle charging unit (Image:

Through the framework, offers local councils access to an online portal that allows them to monitor the charging units and perform remote software upgrades. The smart charging units are designed to fit almost all lamp posts and provide up to 7.7 kW of power. Users can choose either a pay-as-you-go or a monthly subscription-based pricing plan.

Above: An all-electric Renault Zoe takes advantage of on the city streets in London (Image:

“We see this as a big step in reducing vehicle emissions across London, a very important step in the government’s Road to Zero strategy,” said Richard Stobart, CEO of “Our easy-to-install charging units provide a cost-effective EV charging infrastructure for councils using 700,000 lampposts across the capital. As well as being financially advantageous to the councils, our charging service is also reasonably priced for their residents.”


Written by: Charles Morris; This article originally appeared in Charged; Note: British residents who are interested in lamp post charging are encouraged to reach out and request a charging unit for their own neighborhood.

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Polestar 1 Prototypes Enter Production

Polestar will use the prototypes for crash tests, weather testing, and on-road assessments.

Bringing an all-new vehicle to the masses takes time and a massive dedication of resources – both human capital and financial investments. Designers and engineers work hand-in-hand to create the new vehicle before the world sees the final product. But that’s not where development ends. Once the project gets the green light, the automaker prepares for production – and that’s the stage where the Polestar 1 is at now. Polestar is building verification prototype (VP) 1s in Sweden, which will be used for crash tests, weather testing, and on-road assessments. 

“The assembly of the VP cars means that the Polestar 1 has taken its next step towards production,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer of Polestar. “This first batch of 34 cars will enable our engineers to tune the finer details of the car, ensuring that the Polestar 1 is perfect when we start to produce customer cars in the middle of next year.”

Polestar 1 production takes place at a specialized prototype production facility in Gothenburg, Sweden, with much of the build process completed by hand. This process is used to ensure vehicle parts and components are aligned and will assemble correctly. Time is spent hand sanding the carbon-fiber body for paint, making sure pieces line up, and keeping the body lines intact. This is a testing phase fo Polestar 1 production of customer cars, which will be built at the Polestar Production Centre in Chengdu, China. The Polestar 1 is the first time Volvo has explored carbon fiber construction. 

The Polestar 1 packs both efficiency and performance under the hood. The car’s hybrid powertrain produces 600 horsepower and 737 pound-feet (1,000 Newton-meters) of torque. It also provides up to 93 miles (150 kilometers) of electric range.  

The Polestar 1 is a massive undertaking for both Volvo and the Polestar brand. Volvo and its parent company Geely announced plans to invest 640 million euros (about $752M) in Polestar to help it create a line of new models while developing proprietary technology and borrowing from Volvo’s engineering expertise.

Source: Motor1

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VW CEO uses scare tactic against stricter emission rules despite claiming to be all-in with electric vehicles

Europe’s attempt to make into law a 35% CO2 reduction goal for new cars to accelerate electric vehicle adoption is making some people show their true colors.

The head of VW, Herbert Diess, is using scare tactics against the new proposal while he claims that the German automaker is all-in with electric vehicles. more…

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Source: Charge Forward

Fully Charged Presents Powervault Energy Storage Systems

Powervault offers second-life EV battery energy storage.

Fully Charged, this time with a new co-host, visited British company Powervault, which develops battery energy storage systems, built from new or used EV batteries.

The products evolve and are getting more mature compared to the system introduced in 2017. The wallboxes are offered in versions from 4 to 20 kWh (power output is 5.5 kW, while charging is 3.6 kW).

2nd life batteries comes from the Renault ZOE, after Powervault first checks their conditions on a sophisticated and expensive machine. Big part of the product is the software system that enables to integrate all those batteries and use in way to help maximize renewable energy production or reduce peak demand from the grid.

“Robert is joined by Maddie Moate (@maddiemoate) to visit the offices of an exciting startup, Powervault.

The company is already busy installing batteries in houses to help regulate and reduce peak demands on the UK grid.

Using both new and second life batteries from Renault electric vehicles, this is yet another example of the rapid changes taking place beneath the regular news radar.”

Powervault energy storage

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Tesla Working To Land $145 Million Plot For Gigafactory 3 In China

Tesla is accelerating their plans for a factory in China

In order to expand their reach into China, Tesla announced a deal in July with the Shanghai authorities to build a new Gigafactory that will output up to 500,000 battery powered vehicles a year. Last quarter, Elon Musk said that the as little as $2 billion would be needed to achieve a 250,000 / year production rate at the Gigafactory 3.

The deal will reportedly help the automaker avoid costly import duties, gain access to government incentives, and avoid partnerships with Chinese automakers.

In September, Tesla increased the registered capital of Tesla (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. from 100 million yuan ($16.6 million) to 4.67 billion yuan ($680 million)The electric automaker plans to raise as much as $5 billion to invest in the Shanghai plant from local partners in China.

Due to escalating trade tension between the U.S. and China, the automaker is now accelerating their plans. Earlier this month, Tesla announced their reasoning for the faster pace moving into the country:

Taking ocean transport costs and import tariffs into account, Tesla is now operating at a 55% to 60% cost disadvantage compared to the exact same car locally produced in China. This makes for a challenging competitive environment, given that China is by far the largest market for electric vehicles. To address this issue, we are accelerating construction of our Shanghai factory, which we expect to be a capital efficient and rapid build-out, using many lessons learned from the Model 3 ramp in North America.

Bloomberg reports that Tesla is the sole bidder for a large plot of land that has an auction price of 1 billion yuan (about $145 million). The source of Bloomberg’s information asked not to be identified as the deal has not been made public yet.

If Bloomberg’s source is correct, a decision by the Shanghai government to allocate the land to Tesla could be made as soon as this month. Representatives for Tesla and the Shanghai government did not respond to Bloomberg for comment.

Source: Bloomberg

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Tesla transfers energy support division away from Utah

The Tesla rumor mill was firing on all cylinders after some employees reported being fired from the company Draper’s offices.

All kind of speculation from hundreds of workers being fired to Tesla shutting down its energy division spread on social media.

But the company states that it is only transferring its energy support division away from Utah – affecting about 100 employees. more…

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Zunum’s plug-in hybrid plane will use a turbine from Safran Helicopter Engines

Washington-based Zunum Aero is developing a plug-in hybrid aircraft, which it believes will revolutionize the regional short-haul air travel market. Now Zunum (profiled in the July/August 2017 issue of Charged) has announced that its ZA10 aircraft, which it plans to launch in the early 2020s, will use a turboshaft from Safran Helicopter Engines.

Safran’s new Ardiden 3Z turboshaft, which will offer between 1,700 and 2,000 shaft horsepower (shp), will be used as a hybrid power source. It will be coupled with an electric generator, and the integrated turbo-generator will deliver 500 kW of electric power to supplement propulsion batteries during key stages of flight and over long ranges.

Zunum CEO Ashish Kumar says the Ardiden 3Z is key to the ZA10 delivering operating costs of 8 cents per seat-mile, or $250 per hour. These cost figures would be 60-80 percent lower than those of comparable conventional aircraft. Kumar cited the outstanding performance of the Ardiden, coupled with Safran’s decades of leadership in gas turbines, as reasons for Zunum’s decision to use it.

Zunum has also announced that it will use the Rockwell Turbo Commander 840 aircraft for flight testing of its hybrid-to-electric powertrain, starting in the middle of next year. “The Turbo Commander has similar weight and performance to the ZA10, as well as excellent single-engine capability, enabling us to modify and test in phases for a high degree of safety,” says Zunum.

Zunum has three development centers, in Washington, Illinois and Indiana.  The company is working with Purdue University to develop a low-pressure quiet fan, and with Carnegie Mellon University on the development of airworthy battery packs.


Source: Zunum

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Nio unveils its 2019 Formula E racer as Tesla investor Baillie Gifford takes huge 11% stake

Nio was nice enough to invite us to London on the tail end of our 2018 Paris Motor show journey to witness the unveiling of its 2019 Formula E racing series car. As a background, the Chinese company has competed in the FIA Formula E championship since its inception in 2014, sponsoring the inaugural Drivers’ Championship winning team with Nelson Piquet Jr.

The company has some compelling consumer vehicles as well and we’ll take a look at them below but since they are in a quiet period after their recent US $1B IPO, we couldn’t talk much about them beyond what is already known.

Nio also got a huge vote of confidence this week from Tesla’s largest private stakeholder Balllie Gifford which reportedly bought over 11% of the automaker.


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Source: Charge Forward

Paris Will Resume Service Of 1,000 Autolib Charging Stations

Autolib’s charging infrastructure is to be partially resumed

This summer, Europe’s largest electric car sharing system, Autolib in Paris, was terminated including both – Bluecars and the charging infrastructure.

According to latest news some 1,000 out of 6,200 charging points (single-phase, ≈3 kW) will be reopened on December 1, 2018, which sounds like good news to us.

The other good news is that charging stations will be available – at least temporarily – for €10 monthly (subscription) with unlimited access!

However, soon three new car-sharing systems will be launched in Paris (announced by Renault, PSA Group and smart’s car2go) with a total of some 1,500 EVs. If the city will not resume more charging stations, it will become crowded at those terminals again.

It’s never easy to solve problems after unprofitable enterprises and we will be watching how Paris will be able to emerge from troubles and deal with several competing car-sharing systems.


Source: Electric Vehicle News

Tesla is bidding on a $145 million piece of land for much-needed Gigafactory 3 in China

Tesla is finalizing the details of its plan to build a much-needed Gigafactory in China.

The company is now reportedly closing in on a bid for a $145 million piece of land in Shanghai. more…

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