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Voltpost Debuts Commercial Lamppost Electric Vehicle Charging Solution

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NEW YORK—Voltpost, the lamppost electric vehicle (EV) charging company, announced the commercial availability of an innovative, award-winning curbside EV charging solution. The company is developing and deploying EV charging projects in major U.S. metro areas, including New York, Chicago, Detroit and others, this spring.

Voltpost decarbonizes mobility by democratizing charging access. The company retrofits lampposts into a modular and upgradable Level 2 EV charging platform powered by a mobile app. This first-of-a-kind platform provides people convenient and affordable charging while reducing the installation cost and time, maintenance, and footprint of chargers for communities.

While Voltpost can serve any EV, the lamppost charging platform proves particularly valuable for urban EV drivers living in multi-unit housing who lack dedicated parking spaces and have nowhere to charge an EV near their home. Unlike other curbside charging solutions, Voltpost can install a charger in one to two hours for a fraction of the cost with no construction, trenching or extensive permitting processes. The ease of installation helps bring more EV charging to underserved communities, high-density areas and other “charging deserts.”

Convenient & Affordable Charging Access

“Voltpost is striving to make EV chargers as common as the traditional lamppost. We are empowering people with convenient and affordable charging access that fits into the fabric of the built environment,” said Jeff Prosserman, Co-Founder and CEO of Voltpost. “As we bring our differentiated curbside and parking lot charging solution to market, we are confident that Voltpost will build more sustainable and resilient communities by decarbonizing mobility.”

The Voltpost curbside EV charging solution features:

  • Integrated retractable cable management system in the charger that maximizes uptime and lowers operating and maintenance cost. This system has 20 feet of cable for convenient access to any part of the vehicle.
  • Flexible and adaptive design for various use cases and environments, accommodating either two or four charging ports.
  • Safety features exceeding the industry standard specifications for environmental exposure and vandalism.
  • Proprietary ChargePlug with a pulsing light which routes the cable at a 90˚ angle to the car socket. This ensures that the cable does not present a hazard to adjacent traffic and pedestrians.
  • Modular platform design allowing for quick and easy exchanges and upgrades. The design maximizes uptime, reduces operating and maintenance costs, and supports smart city services including connectivity and grid services.
  • Mobile application enabling drivers to manage charging events. Drivers have access to a map of available and in-use Voltpost chargers with the power to make reservations, track charging events, pay based on electricity consumed and gain insights on financial and environmental savings.
  • Charge Station Management System (CSMS) that provides charging analytics for public and private stakeholders. The CSMS enables site hosts to set charger features including pricing and remotely monitor chargers.

“Many people hesitate to buy an EV due to range anxiety and lack of charging options—imagine what that’s like for people living in cities in multi-unit dwellings and no dedicated parking,” said Voltpost advisor Laura Fox, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Streetlife Ventures and former General Manager of Citi Bike. “Voltpost’s solution is a no-brainer for urban curbside charging—it uses and upgrades existing urban infrastructure (lampposts) for a fraction of the cost of traditional approaches, while enabling future urban use cases for that infrastructure—from 5G installs to air quality monitoring, e-bike charging and more. The Voltpost team has the vision and experience to provide urban EV users across all economic backgrounds with access to charging and accelerate the electric mobility transition.”

Installations on Lampposts in New York

Last year, Voltpost participated in the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Studio program, a collaboration between the NYC DOT and Newlab. During this time, Voltpost piloted the installation of charging stations on lampposts in New York, contributing to the city’s goal of installing 10,000 curbside chargers.

Voltpost installed chargers on lampposts at Newlab and in a DOT parking lot, gaining insights into cost-effective and efficient deployment strategies and informing the commercial launch. Voltpost’s chargers were quickly installed in one hour, operated with the highest uptime of any service in the pilot program and elicited positive feedback from New York drivers.

Voltpost enables cities and businesses to meet the growing demand for EV charging with a modern, elegant design while creating new revenue streams. Voltpost was founded in New York City and San Francisco and builds its chargers in the U.S. To learn more about how Voltpost can bring lamppost EV charging to your community, visit https://www.voltpost.com/contact.

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