The ‘Street lamp charger’ is coming

The concept, of charging electric cars directly off roadside lighting (street lamps), is as simple as it is smart. Requests for the street lamp variant of the ‘Berlin’ charging point are coming in thick and fast.

“The integration of power sockets in existing infrastructure like street lamps [...]” is a “[...] fundamentally available technical solution”. This prompts the authors of Germany’s nationwide call for financial funding to set up a charging infrastructure as part of the ‘Immediate Clean Air Programme 2017 to 2020’ [Sofortprogramm Saubere Luft 2017 bis 2020] on 4 January this year. The Ministry employees are also thinking along the right lines with their depiction of ‘Street lamp charging’ as a low-cost charging infrastructure, and they further reason: “At present, affordable charging facilities are absent in many applications, at places where people park for extended periods and could charge their vehicles, for example overnight. This prevents those affected from being able to consider electric vehicles as a genuine alternative form of mobility. One example of this would be users who either do not have access to a fixed parking space or who are not able to equip the one they have with a charging point”.

The Berlin start-up and partner of Bender GmbH & Co. KG, ebee smart technologies GmbH, would have to formulate its founding myth in a similar way. In fact, the vision right from day one of this manufacturer of charging infrastructure, founded back in 2011, was to use the electrical infrastructure already in the public domain for the charging of electric vehicles. What has emerged from this is the ‘Berlin’ charging point, developed and sold by ebee. Its slimline hardware enables it to be fitted to street lamps quickly and easily, as well as to walls, pillars or to ‘urban furniture’.