Prague will be able to recharge electric cars from public light poles. Within
two years, hundreds of specially equipped public lighting poles will be
installed. The municipal company Technologie hlavního města Prahy (THMP) will
build on last year’s pilot project implemented in cooperation with electric
company PREdistribuce in Vinohrady, where 13 electric vehicle (EV) ready lamps
were installed. More than 400 should be added
in 12 selected locations within two years. At the end of the joint project,
there could be up to several thousand EV-ready lamps.
“E-mobility is coming to Prague. So far, slowly, unobtrusively, but quite
certainly. According to estimates, we know that in 2030 there should be about
500,000 to 700,000 electric cars in the country. It can be assumed that at
least a fifth of them will travel in Prague,” City Councilor Jan Chabr said.
Creating the network is a long-term project. For electric vehicles to become
practical in Prague in the coming years, charging must first be in place. “The construction of a sufficient network of charging points will not be
a matter of a year or two. Last year we started building the charging
infrastructure, and we are using the potential of public lighting,” he added.
According to the project approved by Prague City Hall, over the course
of six years, the city should create 3,000 to 6,000 charging points for
electric cars in public lighting in the capital. The costs should
reach about CZK 880 million. “This amount includes not only the costs of
purchasing chargers, but also the complete modernization of the public lighting
in question, the replacement of the cable network or, for example, the renewal
of roads,” Jílek said. “We will install modern LED lights on new poles, which
have lower consumption and can dynamically control the intensity of lighting,
depending on external conditions,” he added.
According to Chabr, the partnership with PREdistribuce brings the city cost
savings of up to CZK 500 million. “Apart from the extensive modernization of
Prague's public lighting, the project also has an important environmental
dimension. Thanks to the expanded possibilities of electric charging, Prague
will become a cleaner and more modern city. In principle, this is a further
fulfillment of the capital’s climate commitment, which leads to more
environmentally friendly Prague transport,” Chabr said.
Prepared by the team of foreign office CzechTrade and CzechInvest Seoul