Thursday, 16 July 2015

New street lights could help spread electric vehicle use . . .

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New street lights could help spread electric vehicle use

MINI shows innovative system that combines street lights and charge points for electric vehicles.



Mini’s factory in Oxford (Plant Oxford) has unveiled an innovative high-efficiency street lighting system that also doubles as a charging station for electric vehicles (EVs).

Known as Light & Charge, the system was shown as part of Low Carbon Oxford Week, the first time it has been demonstrated in the UK. The outcome of a pilot project developed by the BMW Group (which owns the Mini brand), it uses the latest advances in energy-efficient LED street lighting, combined with affordable EV charging.

The integrated charge point is designed to enable cities to significantly reduce their energy consumption, while also providing a cost-effective and simple solution that can be grafted straight on to the existing local authority street lighting systems, increasing the number of public charging stations at a stroke. These EV charging stations can be established wherever there’s suitable parking, simply by replacing conventional street lights with Light & Charge systems.

Light & Charge is a simple and innovative solution which aims to integrate a charging station network into the urban landscape and this is essential if we want to see more electric vehicles on the road in our cities in the future

Frank Bachmann, managing director of Plant Oxford

The street light part of the system uses a modular LED design, which is more energy-efficient and brighter than conventional street lighting. It can be installed anywhere and can to be tailored to different locations: so, for example, up to four LED modules can be used to provide night-time lighting on main roads, while just one or two modules are enough for side streets and residential areas. LED technology is already in widespread use in vehicles, as the light it casts is more focused and consistent, which helps improve road safety (there’s also less glare and light pollution). The street light can also adjust itself to its environment and will save energy by being able to reduce light output late at night and when the streets are empty.

The charging cable for electric vehicles connects to a standard connector on the street light and drivers can start charging with the swipe of a card, whatever model of EV they drive.

Frank Bachmann, managing director of Plant Oxford, said: “Light & Charge is a simple and innovative solution which aims to integrate a charging station network into the urban landscape and this is essential if we want to see more electric vehicles on the road in our cities in the future.”







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