BT Global Services: BT Group powers up repurposed EV charger in UK

May 01, 2024 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

UK telecoms firm BT  has installed its first electric vehicle (EV) charge point repurposed from one of its old street cabinets which was traditionally used to store broadband and phone cabling. This repurposed charger forms part of a nationwide pilot by the business’ start-up incubation hub, called Etc., designed to address the shortfall in public EV charging infrastructure.

“With our research showing that 78 percent of petrol and diesel drivers see not being able to conveniently charge an EV as a key a barrier to purchasing one, and the UK behind government-set sustainability targets, it’s critical that we start looking at existing infrastructure to drive innovation at speed," said Tom Guy, managing director, Etc., BT Group.

"These trials present a unique opportunity to tap into existing assets to drive the important transition to electrification in the UK, and we’re proud to be working with local councils in East Lothian and more widely across the UK at this critical stage to play our part.”