Utility Pole-Mounted Electric Vehicle Chargers are Revving Up Clean Energy Initiatives

Posted Apr 27, 2021

EVSE LLC utility pole-mounted, electric vehicle chargers turn city green at unveiling


Ø  Mounted at 10 feet, EVSE electric vehicle chargers are the first of their kind to be mounted on wooden utility poles.

Ø  16 EVSE electric vehicle chargers will be installed by mid-summer on utility poles throughout the city of Melrose.

Ø  Electric vehicle chargers are an integral part of a first-in-the-region National Grid program intended to expand electric vehicle adoption, accelerate usage and lower installation costs.


MELROSE, MASS 27 APRIL 2021. EVSE LLC (EVSE) electric vehicle chargers, acknowledged by Melrose Mayor Paul Brodeur as an important step in moving the community closer to its NetZero 2050 goal, were unveiled at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Melrose last week in honor of Earth Day.

EVSE single and dual electric vehicle chargers with their, retractable cable design also save Melrose money. Early data show that mounting EVSE chargers at 10-feet elevation on utility-owned poles will reduce installation costs compared to ground-mounted stations by as much as 70%.

The installed station includes the EVSE charger in single or dual configuration, gateway with cellular modem for communication, and mounting backplate with power disconnect for ease of servicing. At ground level is a QR code for easy driver scanning using a smartphone and AmpUp app.

“We are truly elated to be at the forefront of bringing a clean energy future to our community,” said John Fahy, EVSE President. “With our electric vehicle chargers, municipalities can eliminate digging and related construction activities, avoid pedestrian injury, and reduce or eliminate damage to the equipment from vehicles and vandals.”

How EVSE chargers work

The user opens the EVSE mobile app on their phone and scans the QR code located on the pole at ground level. Once the QR code is scanned, the charging cable automatically extends and lowers to ground level. The cable is 25 feet in length and can reach a distance of two parking spaces.

After reaching for the connector, the driver presses the connector latch, and while depressing it, walks the automatically extending cable to the connector inlet on the vehicle.  Releasing the latch when enough cable has been extended, the cable is plugged into the vehicle. When the driver is ready to leave, the connector is removed from the vehicle and automatically retracts into the elevated charging station.

While the charging stations have proven durable, EVSE also has made servicing the charging station simple, if necessary. The technician can repair or remove the charger by cutting power at the local backplate breaker and easily mount a new charger on its backplate. This is safer for the technician and saves cost over the lifetime of the equipment.



EVSE designs and manufactures electric car charging stations and charging support equipment in the United States at its headquarters in Enfield, Connecticut. With a full line of electric vehicle charging stations, networking options, and support equipment, EVSE offers rugged, public EV charging solutions that are configurable to the installation requirement.  EVSE is a division of Control Module Inc. (CMI). Founded in 1969, CMI has developed innovative products that are used worldwide for workforce management, fleet management, and electric vehicle charging