New York City to Test Lamp-Post Car Charging

Finding a spot to charge your car in New York City could eventually get easier — just look for a streetlight.

The city is experimenting with new technology that allows drivers of electric vehicles to plug them into streetlamps. The New York City departments of Transportation and Citywide Administrative Services are working with the German company ubitricity to develop a pilot project and make it happen. The technology, already present in several European cities, involves the car operator carrying their own ubitricity mobile charging cable — with a built-in meter — that connects to a power receptacle.