The borough of Sutton is installing 113 new electric vehicle (EV) charging points. Sutton Council has teamed up with Siemens and its partner ubitricity to provide charging points that use electricity from existing lamppost columns.
The new charging points will allow residents to easily charge their EVs on the street where they live, especially if they do not have off-street parking or are unable to install their own home charging point. The new charge points are ideal for residential overnight charging and complement Sutton’s existing network of fast and rapid chargers.
“With the sale of new petrol and diesel cars banned from 2030, we recognise the need to support residents as they switch to electric vehicles,” said Councillor Ben Andrew, Chair of the Environment & Sustainable Transport Committee.
“These new charging points offer Sutton’s residents a much greater choice and make electric vehicles accessible for residents for whom there might not otherwise be an option.”
Installation of the new points began in late 2021 and will be complete by the end of March 2022. The locations themselves were chosen following consultations that asked residents where they would like to see new charge points. Their exact positions, alongside all other charging points within the borough, can be found on the Zap-Map app and desktop map.
“The charge points are part of our commitment to provide sustainable transport options for current and future residents and visitors, and form just one part of our extensive Sustainable Transport Strategy,” Andrew continued.
The new charging devices are being installed with financial assistance from London’s Go Ultra Low Cities Scheme, which is managed by London Councils, Transport for London and the Greater London Authority (GLA), on behalf of the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles.
At present, the ubitricity network comprises almost 5,000 slow charging devices, the vast majority of which are installed as lamppost chargers in London.