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Virgin Media will use its broadband cabinets to charge electric vehicles

November 04, 2019 / Ryan Daws

Virgin Media wants to use its broadband cabinets to solve one of the biggest hurdles preventing the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs).Electric cars, especially with their ever-growing range of connected features, have a range problem. Research has shown that the biggest reason drivers are still opting for combustion vehicles is the lack of charging infrastructure for EVs causing “range anxiety”. While an increasing number of places are installing charging infrastructure, especially in service stations along main routes, it’s a slow and costly endeavour. Virgin Media currently has around 40,000 street cabinets up-and-down the UK which are used for the company’s cable broadband network. Over the next 18 months, Virgin Media plans to install charging stations at 1,200 of these cabinets.