Londoners go electric thanks to 1,000 new residential charging points

London’s boroughs are super-charging the switch to electric vehicles by installing 1,000 new residential charging points across the capital.

Published: Thursday, 2nd May 2019

Stock image of an electric charging vehicles.

Residential charging points are designed to charge electric vehicles at between 3-7 kilowatts per hour, ideal for an overnight charge. The majority of residential charge points delivered use unique and pioneering technology to install charging points in existing lamp posts. A small number of freestanding units have also been installed.

These new charging points will offer a convenient charging option for Londoners without access to off-street parking, helping to clean up the city’s polluted air.

Cllr Julian Bell, Chair of London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee, said:

“London’s air pollution is a public health emergency - it is negatively impacting the health of our most vulnerable residents and cutting lives short.

“Extensive investment in London’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure is key to making Londoners feel confident about switching to cleaner, greener electric vehicles, which will help to reduce harmful emissions and ultimately improve London’s air quality.

“That is why boroughs have pulled out all the stops to deliver 1,000 residential charging points across the capital for our residents - and we will be installing even more in the coming months.”

Hounslow has been an early forerunner in the electric vehicle revolution, having been one of the first boroughs to trial electric chargers in lampposts in 2016. According to data released by Zap-Map, Hounslow now has the second highest number of recharging points in the capital after Westminster. Fuelled by significant demand for charge points from residents, the council has acquired funding through grant opportunities from TfL and The Mayor of London, which it has match funded to cover the cost of installation.

Councillor Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Workforce at Hounslow Council said:

“There were residents who either had electric vehicles or wanted them but faced the barrier of having nowhere secure to charge them.

“Although the initial cost of purchasing electric vehicles remains a barrier for many, the cost of running them is low once they manage to buy them. We want to assist anyone who wants to switch to an electric vehicle and having access to a charge point is an essential starting point.  Over time, we see electric vehicles as playing an important role in improving air quality, boosting public health and making Hounslow a cleaner and greener borough.”

If you do not have a driveway and would like to request an electric vehicle charging point, please contact Hounslow Council who will consider your request. Details are available on our website through this link.

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