Brighton to roll out street chargers

Brighton and Hove council has announced that it is launching the installation of 200 electric vehicle chargers across the seaside city.

The project is being funded by the government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), which is aiming to facilitate the uptake of electric vehicles in the UK by funding charging infrastructure.

OLEV will inject £300,000 into the project, while Electric Blue, the end-to-end EV solutions provider, will throw a further £100,000 into the pot.

Electric Blue, working in cooperation with the council, will install 207 lamppost chargers across the city, plus four rapid charging hubs for taxis and 19 individual fast chargers. Many off the lamppost chargers will be placed in accordance with requests from local residents that own EVs.

The London-based Electric Blue was appointed by Brighton and Hove council to develop the project after a tendering process and the company will also be supported by CityEV, Siemens, Schneider and ElectrAssure in the rollout of the chargers.

The lamppost units, which will be powered with renewable energy, will not be free to use and drivers will pay 28p per kilowatt-hour, money which will go towards the maintenance of the network.

They will also be linked to a mobile phone app that will pinpoint the location of chargers and their availability at any given time.