EV charging points in London set to quadruple

London boroughs are set to quadruple the number of electric vehicle (EV) charging points in the capital over the next 12 months, according to new research.

An analysis by the London Councils group shows the 32 local authorities are set to build more than 2,600 charging points in the next financial year as demand for EVs continues to grow.

The research also shows since January 2017 London boroughs have installed 644 charging points.

The charging points installed include a mixture of slow (3kwh, mainly lamp columns), fast (7-22kwh) and rapid (50kwh+) charging solutions, strategically placed to meet the demand of local areas as well as encouraging the switch to electric.

The rollout of EV charge points has been criticised in the past for being too slow and unreliable.

In November, Environment Journal reported that Kensington and Chelsea Council had joined forces with OVO and ubitricity to create a network of electric vehicle charging points in street lamps across the London borough.

The project will result in the largest charging network of its kind in central London.

In order to access the network, electric vehicle owners will have to buy a cable with an inbuilt electricity meter from the service provider, Ubitricity.

The charging points will be located next to pay and display parking bays and available for use 24 hours a day.

‘The harmful effects of poor air quality and pollution on our communities are clear and London boroughs are actively responding to this issue,’ said the chair of London Council’s transport and environment committee, Cllr Julian Bell.

‘These figures highlight our commitment to delivering environmentally friendly transport solutions by growing electric vehicle charging infrastructure for our residents.

‘London boroughs are engaging with their communities and developing solutions tailored to local needs. It is essential we continue to do so and take people with us.

‘London Councils will continue to work with our partners in delivering a modern and environmentally sustainable capital city for the future,’ added Cllr Bell.

 

To see the latest Zap Map of charge points across the UK, click here.

Jamie Hailstone

Jamie Hailstone

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