September 5, 2023
A programme to install 500 new lamppost chargers for electric vehicles is underway across Wandsworth
Once they are all in place, the borough’s tally of charging points will rise to nearly 1,500 one of the highest numbers for any local authority area in the country.
These latest arrangements will see the rollout of 525 new 5kW lamppost chargers with the power supply coming from zero carbon sources of energy. The new chargers are the result of a partnership with charging supplier ubitricity.
Most of the borough’s charging sockets have been fitted to lampposts to reduce pavement clutter and keep footpaths free for pedestrians.
The council is also in the process of converting its own fleet of cars, vans and lorries to electric vehicles. All will eventually go electric as suitable vehicles become available.
There are also EV choices available locally for those who don’t own a vehicle but may occasionally need to use a car. The Zipcar Flex car club includes a proportion of EVs, offering a convenient and eco-friendly alternative to car ownership, providing electric vehicles to hire by the hour, day or longer periods. Wandsworth says it has the highest take-up rate of car club membership in the country with around 45,000 registered members.
Jenny Yates, Cabinet Member for Transport said, “We are actively putting in place the key infrastructure needed to help our residents who want to make the switch from petrol and diesel to electric.
“We will continue to invest in this technology as part of our efforts to improve the borough’s air quality and also to help us deliver our ambitious climate change targets.”
Toby Butler, ubitricity’s UK Managing Director, said, "The current surge in EV sales is driving increased demand for charging facilities and this can create issues for drivers who don’t have access to off-street charging where they live. By expanding their EV charge point network to provide convenient facilities for both residents and businesses using electricity from 100 per cent renewable sources, Wandsworth Council is making the transition to EV easier and helping give drivers the confidence to make the switch."
To view a map of the borough’s charging points visit zap-map.com. For more information about owning an electric vehicle in the borough visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/driveelectric.
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