UK’s first converted ‘electric avenue’ announced

Sutherland Avenue

Siemens has unveiled the UK’s first street that has been fully converted for charging electric vehicles (EV).

The project, in collaboration with ubitricity and Westminster City Council, has converted 24 lampposts along Sutherland Avenue in London into EV charge points using existing city infrastructure. A further two adjoining roads are due to be completed in the coming weeks.

Lack of charging points

The introduction follows research conducted by Siemens showing more than a third (36 per cent) of British motorists planned to buy a hybrid or electric vehicle as their next car, with two in five people saying that a lack of charging points stopped them from doing so sooner. This makes it the biggest factor deterring motorists from purchasing an electric or hybrid vehicle.

“Our bold action to tackle the capital’s air pollution and climate threats is sparking a revolution in electric transport in the capital.”

Dubbed “Electric Avenue, W9”, according to Siemens, it showcases a shift in attitudes towards EVs that the UK capital is experiencing. Data shows 80 per cent of motorists in central London believe it is “very important” that air quality is improved, and 83 per cent have become more concerned about their carbon footprint in the past five years.

Westminster has seen a 40 per cent growth in EVs charged in the borough during 2019.

“In a city that suffers from some of the worst air pollution in the country, we need to be supporting the change to green technology as much as we can,” said councillor Andrew Smith, cabinet member for environment and highways, Westminster City Council.

“Electric Avenue, W9 gives us a glimpse into the future of streets in Westminster, where we hope to provide the infrastructure needed for our residents to make the switch to cleaner, greener transport.”

Siemens and ubitricity claim to have completed more than 1,300 installations covering the breadth of the city, largely funded through the Go Ultra Low Cities scheme, supporting mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s #LetLondonBreathe campaign and leading the way to improve London’s air quality.

“Last year, more than 140 organisations supported the mayor’s EV infrastructure taskforce – developing a plan on how to expand public charging points across the capital. This sort of innovation is what we have been calling for and it will go a long way to support our growing charging network.”


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