United Kingdom

Summary: BT Group (UK telco) is set to revolutionize electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure by repurposing old metal street cabinets traditionally used for broadband and phone cabling into EV charging points. The initial conversion will take place in Scotland, with plans to retrofit up to 60,000 cabinets across the UK. This initiative aims to address the shortfall in EV chargers and improve charging accessibility for customers. The project will be carried out over the next 18 months, with multiple technical and operational aspects to be explored during trials, including cabinet locations, power availability, customer experience, and potential partnerships.

Relevant Stats:

  • UK government's 2030 target: 300,000 public chargers.
  • As of November 2023, there were 53,029 EV charging points in the UK.
  • BT's research revealed that 60% of petrol and diesel drivers found the UK's EV charging infrastructure inadequate, while 78% saw inconvenient charging as a barrier to EV adoption.
  • The proposed ban on new petrol and diesel cars in the UK has been postponed to 2035 (announced in September 2023).

Source of information: https://cities-today.com/uk-pilot-sees-old-street-cabinets-transformed-into-ev-chargers/ (Published 10 January 2024).