Hounslow Council in London has implemented an interestingand aesthetically pleasingsolution to this problem. It has converted its streetlights to energy efficient LEDs and, in doing so, is integrating electric vehicle charging points in the base of those streetlamps. The charge points themselves come from German company Ubitricity, and they integrate with a custom charging cable, which is ordered by the EV owner/driver and has a built-in electricity meter.
So if you happen to live in Hounslow, you simply request a charging point from your council, and they install three near your house. (They are trying to avoid painting dedicated electric vehicle bays.) You then order a Ubitricity cable, plug in, and start charging. Ubitricity then sends you a monthly bill, charged at a competitive rate of £0.13 per kWh. And that's it.
It's a pretty neat solution. I like the fact that the council is building them out with several sockets per request, hopefully encouraging friends and neighbors to get on the electric vehicle wagon, too. Given the fact that London's air pollution laws/vehicle restrictions are only likely to get stricter in the future; it makes sense for councils to be building the infrastructure out now.