What are the preconditions for installing a charge point on a light pole?

To install a charge point, power must be available on the pole 24/7 or it must be possible to change the existing installation with this regard. In case the pole is fed directly from the public grid, the poles are usually connected redundantly. This means there are often multiple phases with continuous power. Examples for such cities are Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Hannover and many others.

A separate grid for public lighting also often consists multiple phases. Often they are centrally switched and without power during the day when the lights are off. In these cases it is often feasible to redistribute the lights over the available phases as such that one phase is fully freed of lights and available for auxiliary purposes. This auxillary phase can then be powered 24/7 and used for charging. Our experience shows that even in cases where it previously seemed imporssible street light charging often is possible at a closer look. Of course the boundaries set by safety and physics cannot be bent. If there are no reserves whatsoever and no reserves can be created by installing more efficient lighting (e.g. LED), if continuous power is completely out of question, a rewiring is unfeasible or not economical then street light charging is not possible. Of course in these cases it can be planned for during the next modernization of the lighting network. On average every 50th pole needs to be replaced every year.

Of course the pole needs to be stable enough to carry the charge point and it should be cylindrically round or conically round or square. For historic poles there is no standard solution right now. Poles with a diameter of more than 100mm and less than 30 years of age are almost always suitable.

There needs to be a parking spot directly next to the street light.

What are the technical connection prerequisites?

With our charge point we have satisfied the technical requriements of many different grid operators. Our chargers comprise circuit breakers with 25kA switch off capability. We are sporting an electronic meter that was designed for the point of connection to the grid.

Ebee has made it a goal to support as many local regulations as possible from within the charge point itself, so that the charge point can serve as the legal grid connection and metering point.

We have satisfied German norms, we are confident we can satisfy your local regulations as well. Please feel free to contact us regarding the details.

What functionalities does the charge controller provide?

The Bender charge controller CC612 is the heart of every ebee charge point. It can be integrated into every charging concept, no matter whether it is a wall box, a charge point or a conventional charging station.

The charge controller manages the plug connection and locking. For charging it implements the current norms, (IEC 62196, IEC 61851-1 and IEC 61851-22) as well as future ones (ISO/IEC 15118 already supported now).

The CC612 is characterized by its compact design and size (114,5 mm x 22,5 mm x 99 mm), which allows compact charging infrastructure to be designed easily.