More than 150 new EV charge points will be installed across Richmond, after the council received £285,000 from London’s Go Ultra Low City funding.
The move will see residents in the area without access to off-street parking able to recharge their EVs easily, removing a large barrier in the uptake of EVs.
Distributed by the Mayor of London, the grant for Richmond upon Thames will see a network of fast chargers installed in the town centre and key locations, as well as lamp post charge points fitted in residential areas across the borough.
Access will be available for both residents and businesses, with lamp post charge point manufacturer Ubitricity’s smart cables allowing users access to the units, and a way to monitor payment requirements.
Cllr Peter Buckwell, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “I am delighted that we have been successful in obtaining this grant from the Go Ultra Low City Scheme. This funding will enable us to install a further 150 lamp standard electric vehicle charging points across the Borough, thereby building a network of charging points for our residents.
“The funds are being managed by Transport for London (TfL) and it is a great endorsement by them in the ability of our borough to deliver projects to support future modes of transport.”
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, 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.
“But we need to be more ambitious in tackling emissions at all levels of Government. That’s why I’m calling on Ministers not only to introduce a fully-funded diesel scrappage fund to get polluting vehicles off our streets immediately, but they must also step up their investment in charging infrastructure to ensure every Londoner can look at moving to electric vehicles over the coming years.”
The charge points will appear on Zap-Map as they become live. Keep an eye out for updated locations on Zap-Map on the desktop, mobile, and app.