Charging infrastructure company Pod Point has started a scheme to improve London’s public charge points and has set-up a petition to help.
The idea is that Pod Point is offering to replace any broken or obsolete on-street London Borough charge point with a brand new Open Charge Pod Point unit at no cost. This includes replacing faulty chargers from any other charge point manufacturer.
The proposal has been submitted to all 32 London Boroughs and the City of London in the hope that it will help cut through some of the red tape and problems that can come with changing or repairing faulty charge points.
With Pod Point picking up the cost, there is nothing to pay for EV drivers or the boroughs, with the intention that London’s points are well maintained and usable. With EVs a key component in reducing emissions and improving air quality within the capital, it would go some way to increasing uptake too.
The Open Charge Pod Points don’t need an RFID card or membership fee to be used. Instead, the driver uses an app to opperate the charge point in an effort to improve reliability and accessibility.
Those with responsibility for the charging points within their respective boroughs will be invited to Pod Point’s offices on Wednesday 24th February and presented with the proposal and petition. It is hoped that uptake is wide spread, taking the load off boroughs which might not see EV charging as a priority.
You can find out more and sign the petition here.