Retrofitted Lampposts Can Charge Electric Vehicles
Ubitricity’s mobile charging device will enable electricity providers to supply plug-in EV drivers with charging stations exactly where they need them.
This Berlin based start-up is leading a transatlantic venture to do away with sophisticated but costly charging stations for electric vehicles. In their place, they are looking to system sockets and smart cables – portable devices that can access the electricity grid anywhere, anytime through retrofitted lampposts and other existing infrastructure.
Ubitricity estimates that up to 2 percent of Germany’s lampposts could accommodate system sockets with some simple rewiring – these could then be used simultaneously for lighting and charging, at substantially lower cost than creating more individual EV charging stations. Consumers will be able to purchase the portable smart cable from the summer of 2015 at a projected cost of $600. Mobile metering technology will then enable them to charge their electric vehicle at any existing station through a contract and supplier of their choice, and receive an itemized bill to their mobile.