On-street charging firm Char.gy has installed its 2000th lamppost EV charger – with a quarter of those being added within the last month as part of a major ramp-up of its expansion plans.
The British firm currently supplies lamppost chargers in 11 local authorities in London, Coventry, Leicester and Buckinghamshire. The 2000th charge point was installed in the London borough of Southwark. Char.gy has developed its own charger and supporting software.
The milestone 2000th charger was achieved thanks to a significant ramp-up in Char.gy's network over the last six months. The firm installed its first lamppost charger in 2018, and it took two years and 10 months to reach 500. It took the firm 17 months to install a further 500 chargers, and then just five months to reach 1500.
Char.gy then only took four weeks to install 500 further chargers, brining the total to 2000. As well as expanding its network the firm has also introduced a revamped pricing structure, including a Night Saver tariff to encourage charging at off-peak hours.
Am estimated 6.6 million homes in the UK lack the ability to install off-street parking, while government figures suggesting around 30 per cent of all EVs on the UK's roads in 2030 will need on-street charging.
Company boss Richard Stobart said: “Our ambition is to deliver the most reliable near-home charging service at the lowest cost to both drivers and councils. We believe our approach is a solution to what we call the ‘Driveway Divide’.
"As EV sales continue to boom, the pace of installation of EV charge points needs to accelerate too. The installation of our 2000th public charge point - 500 of them in just four weeks - shows the vital role that lamppost charging can play in rapidly scaling up the UK’s EV charging infrastructure.”