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What you need to know...
There are different types of charge points available. All charge points are available on a pay-as-you-go basis, with cheaper tariffs available if you pay to join a charge point operator’s network.
To minimise street clutter we have installed some of our street lights with charge points. These lower power charge points (3-5kw) are managed by Ubitricity and are well-suited to charging vehicles which will be parked for several hours or overnight. Street light charge points are our preferred solution for residential streets.
The borough has also installed more powerful 7kw charge points for those who need to charge their vehicles more quickly. These are operated by Charge Your Car.
In summer 2019 we are planning to install rapid 43kw charge points that will be capable of re-fuelling most electric vehicles in around 20 minutes. These will be open to all users but will be well suited to taxis and other heavily utilised commercial vehicles.
Our plans for more charge points
If you already own an electric vehicle, or are considering buying one, please let us know. This will help us map demand and plan where new charge points are needed.
As part of our efforts to improve air quality and facilitate the switch to cleaner vehicles, we have committed to install over 200 charge points by 2022. We want every household with no access to off-street parking to be within a five-minute walk of their nearest charge point.
In addition to rapid charge points, we plan to install more charge points in our street lights in 2019/20.
Considering buying an electric vehicle?
The Energy Savings Trust has useful information for residents and businesses considering buying an electric vehicle, including guidance on the grants available from central government.