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A Portsmouth-based company, City EV, has developed a simple, affordable lamp post charger for EVs and has struck a deal with the Brighton City Council to launch its equipment in several of the seaside city's most densely populated streets.

"The initial deal covers 200 units," said City EV's co-founder and MD, Peter Lagesse, who started the business about four years ago with long-time partner and technical director Bob Morris. "We'd set up about 100 charge points when work had to go on hold. But we aim to finish the rest this summer and hope to do a similar batch next year."

Lagesse said City EV also has similar but less advanced deals progressing in Reading (15 chargers) and north London (80 chargers) and has also started generating interest from nearby European countries.

"Now they've seen we're ready with an affordable and deliverable product, some of the more progessive authorities have started beating a path to our door," said Lagesse. "Even during lockdown, we've had a busy time dealing with enquiries."

City EV's lamp post charging points use a 3kW power supply "because that's what's available without digging up the road" and are specifically designed to be cheap to fit and easy to use. The equipment is also flexible in configuration so each local authority can decide its own preferred payment method.

"If EV use is to grow, we must cater for owners who can't charge their cars at home because they don't have driveways," said Lagesse. "The idea is that eventually nobody will be more than 50 yards from a charging point."

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