New funding for London’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure

Electric car charge points

Nearly £4.5m has been allocated to London boroughs to install on-street charging points for electric vehicles.

Announced by Transport for London (TfL) yesterday (3 August), 25 boroughs will each receive up to £300,000 to install as many as 1,500 standard-speed on-street charging points in residential areas across the Capital.

TfL hopes the new funding will assist those without access to off-street parking to make the switch from polluting vehicles to zero-emission vehicles. The new charging points will be in addition to the network of rapid charge points TfL is installing by the end of 2020.

The £4.48m allocated to boroughs forms part of an award London received from the government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles’ Go Ultra Low City Scheme, a nationwide competition to give several areas funding to increase electric vehicle use.

Boroughs have sought funding allocations based on perceived demand and electric vehicle take-up and will now work to identify sites where charging points could be installed to support local residents to make the switch to greener vehicles.

The funding will also support innovative new approaches such as using lamp posts as the base and power supply for charge points. TfL says this is cheaper, quicker and easier to install with less impact on the streetscape.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, said:

“This substantial investment in electric charging points will make a real difference, making electric vehicles an easier and more practical option for Londoners across our city.

“We have a bold ambition to make London’s transport system zero emission by 2050, and working with boroughs to roll out more charging infrastructure is a vital part of making this a reality.”

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

“It is great to see London boroughs bidding to invest in conveniently located electric vehicle charging points. This will help to ensure we have infrastructure in the right places to make it easier for people across the capital to choose electric vehicles.”

Lilli Matson, TfL’s head of strategy and outcome planning, said:

“We’re delighted to be awarding this funding to these boroughs all of whom, like us, are determined to make London’s transport greener and its air quality better. We’d also like to thank these boroughs for being at the absolute forefront of the move to electric vehicles.”

04 August 2017