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Southwark gets its first kerb-side chargers for electric car drivers

The first kerb-side chargers for electric vehicles have been launched in Borough Road, Southwark.

They are made from recycled materials and come complete with internet access provided by Virgin Media as well as provide environmental, weather and traffic monitoring data for public authorities.

Creators Connected Kerb were last year’s winners of the Mayor of London’s Award for Urban Innovation, and hope to see a capital-wide rollout in the near future.

Paul Ayres, COO, Connected Kerb, said: "We are delighted to announce the launch of our first kerbside charging and connectivity deployment in Borough Road, Southwark and have been particularly impressed by Southwark Council's pioneering adoption of the technology. As electric vehicle ownership increases at pace, the need for a nationwide infrastructure has become critical, and we are delighted that London electric vehicle motorists will be among the first to benefit.

"We're on the precipice of the electric vehicle revolution; it's an inevitability.”

Deputy Mayor for Business, Rajesh Agrawal, added: "It's great news that the Mayor's Civic Innovation Challenge is delivering results.

"This shows that by working together, City Hall and innovative tech start-ups like Connected Kerb can come together to tackle the big economic, social and environmental challenges facing the capital.

This article originally appeared on the National Grid website.