Street Light EV Charging System

Wednesday 17th June 2015

We need street lighting in cities, to make them safe and secure - with the need to increase the charging point for electric vehicles (EVs), why not combine the two, after all a street light could easily be a source of recharging power, even better if the light is also energy saving compared to traditional lights.

This is exactly what the MINI Car Plant in Oxford,England, is showcasing - a high-efficiency street lighting system that doubles as a charging station for EVs during the city’s second Low Carbon Oxford Week.

Known as Light & Charge, this innovative system is the outcome of a pilot project developed by the BMW Group and is a state-of-the-art LED street light that combines energy-efficient lighting with affordable EV charging.

The system allows cities to significantly reduce energy consumption, its integrated charge point also provides a cost-effective and simple solution which can be grafted straight onto the existing local authority street lighting infrastructure, substantially increasing the number of public charging stations. EV charging stations can be set up at any location where suitable parking is available, simply by replacing conventional street lights with Light & Charge systems.

Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council are currently working in partnership to increase the uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles such as electric cars as part of their bid for funding from the UK government’s Office of Low Emission Vehicles, Go Ultra Low City Scheme.

With its modular LED design, the Light & Charge street light is much more energy-efficient than conventional street lighting and provides more effective illumination. It can be installed anywhere and its modular design can to be tailored to different locations. Up to four LED modules can be used to provide night-time lighting on main roads, while one or two modules are sufficient to provide lighting on side streets and in residential areas.

As is already the case with vehicle headlights, LED technology allows more targeted light distribution with highly uni­form illumination to increase road safety and is optimised for minimum glare and light pollution. Through intelligent control electronics, the street light can adjust itself to its environment and yields energy savings by enabling the reduction of light output late at night and whenever no one is around.

The EV charging cable connects to a standard connector on the Light & Charge street light and the integrated control panel allows drivers to start charging with the swipe of a card regardless of vehicle model.

Source: BMW.

Categories: General, Renewable, Reviews, Technology

Wednesday 17th June 2015

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