Hackney Council has unveiled plans for one of the biggest area-based expansions of electric vehicle infrastructure in the country.
Under the plans, announced at the start of this month, 3,000 electric vehicle (EV) chargers could be installed in the borough by 2030 – 1,500 of which are expected to be in place by 2024.
The council says the move is part of its commitment ‘to do everything in its power’ to support emissions reduction in the borough – and builds on its promise to provide chargers within 500m of every household, which it aims to meet by the end of 2021.
It is also designed to support the transition to electric vehicles, with 45% of people currently citing the lack of charging infrastructure nationally as the biggest barrier to EV ownership.
Cllr Mete Coban MBE, cabinet Member for energy, waste, transport and public realm, said: “Decarbonising our transport system is one of the most significant ways we can help reduce emissions in the borough and tackle the climate crisis – with this landmark tender representing a huge investment in charging infrastructure locally.
“As with much of our work to rebuild a greener Hackney, this will also have tangible benefits for local residents: it’ll be easier to switch to EVs and we’ll see air quality improved.
“However, to keep making Hackney a better place to live, we’re also clear that this work must also sit alongside an overall reduction in vehicle ownership, which is why we’ve introduced tens of new School Streets and low traffic neighbourhoods – supporting us all to walk, cycle and use public transport locally.”
26 November 2021