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

  • By Gemma Kappala-R...

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

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.”

If you do not have a driveway and would like to request an electric vehicle charging point, please contact your London borough who will consider your request.

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Notes to Editors:

  1. London’s 1,000 new residential charging points, as well as previously installed residential, fast and rapid charging points, can be located on Zap Map: https://www.zap-map.com/charge-points/on-street-residential-charging/
  2. The roll-out of is part of the Go Ultra Low City Scheme (GULCS), a joint initiative between Transport for London (TfL), the Greater London Authority (GLA) and London Councils.
  3. The Go Ultra Low City Scheme is a programme by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles within the Department for Transport. It aims to provide funding to local authorities in the UK that encourages thousands of people to consider switching to an electric car. In turn, this will support the UK’s thriving green vehicle sector, improve air quality in urban hotspots and help the government meets its emission-cutting targets. A number of cities submitted bids for the funding, which can cover a number of innovative projects to encourage low and zero emission vehicles. Visit the Go Ultra Low website here.
  4. Delivering more charging points is one of London Councils’ Pledges to Londoners agreed recently by London’s borough leaders and directly elected mayors. This is the first time London Councils and its member boroughs have signed up to a series of shared commitments on the issues that matter most to Londoners, which they will deliver over the next three years. Visit http://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/pledges to find out more.
  5. The residential strand of the GULCS project has seen a dedicated procurement framework established to support London local authorities to access EV charge point services more easily.
  6. An electrical guidance document to assist local authorities with the delivery of residential charge points has been developed by the project and is available here.