Funding boost for London’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure.(TfL)

  • Twenty five boroughs receive funding to install 1,500 electric vehicle charging points across London
  • Mayor of London welcomes ‘substantial’ investment that will make electric vehicles an easier and more practical option for Londoners

Transport for London (TfL), London Councils and the Greater London Authority (GLA) today announced that almost £4.5 million has been allocated to London boroughs to install electric vehicle charging infrastructure on London’s streets.

A total of 25 boroughs, each receiving up to £300,000, will install up to 1,500 standard-speed on-street charging points in residential areas, bringing Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s long-term vision for zero-carbon transport in the Capital another step closer.

The new funding will provide residential charge points to assist those without access to off-street parking to make the switch from polluting vehicles to zero-emission vehicles. They will be in addition to the network of rapid charge points TfL is installing by the end of 2020.

The £4.48 million allocated to boroughs forms part of an award London received from the government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles’ Go Ultra Low City Scheme, a nationwide competition to give several areas funding to increase electric vehicle use.

The boroughs have sought funding allocations based on perceived demand and electric vehicle take-up. Borough teams will now work to identify sites where charging points could be installed to support local residents to make the switch to greener vehicles. The funding will also support innovative new approaches such as using lamp posts as the base and power supply for charge points. This is cheaper, quicker and easier to install with less impact on the streetscape.

The Mayor’s draft Transport Strategy aims for all taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (PHVs) to be zero-emission capable by 2033, for all buses to be zero emission by 2037, for all new road vehicles driven in London to be zero emission by 2040, and for London’s entire transport system to be zero emission by 2050.

TfL and the Mayor of London are encouraging the use of electric vehicles to lower emissions and tackle London’s polluted air.  Air pollution contributes to 40,000 premature deaths across the country with more than 9000 in London every year.

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.”  

Cllr Julian Bell, Chair of London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee and Chair of the GULCS Steering Group, said:

“Improving London’s air quality by reducing emissions is a real priority for our city. It is unacceptable that 9,000 people a year die early in London due to air pollution. So it is great to see London boroughs bidding to invest in conveniently located electric vehicle charging points. This will help to ensure we have infrastructure in the right places to make it easier for people across the capital to choose electric vehicles.”

Lilli Matson, TfL’s Head of Strategy and Outcome Planning, said:

“We’re delighted to be awarding this funding to these boroughs all of whom, like us, are determined to make London’s transport greener and its air quality better.  We’d also like to thank these boroughs for being at the absolute forefront of the move to electric vehicles.”

Natasha Robinson, Head of the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), said: 

“It’s fantastic to see the funding from the Government’s Go Ultra Low City Scheme being used to help the residents of Boroughs across London make the transition to ultra low emission vehicles. This helps to support the Government’s ambition that almost all cars and vans should be zero emission by 2050.”

The boroughs given funding under the award are:

Barnet                                                                                      

Bexley

Brent

Camden

Croydon

Ealing

Greenwich

Hackney

Hammersmith and Fulham

Havering

Hounslow

Islington

Kensington and Chelsea

Lambeth

Lewisham

Merton

Newham

Redbridge

Richmond

Southwark

Tower Hamlets

 

Waltham Forest

Wandsworth

Westminster

The funding will allow Londoners to benefit from innovative new types of charging points. Those delivered using this funding will be either specially constructed freestanding’ ones, or fixed to existing lampposts.

Further funding will be allocated to interested boroughs in 2018/19 once TfL, London Councils and the GLA are happy with progress being made on the current allocation.

This latest boost to pave the way for the introduction of electric vehicles comes just weeks after TfL appointed the suppliers who will provide the rapid charging points that the Capital needs to make it easier than ever before to use electric vehicles.

After a competitive bidding process, the Centrica Consortium, BluepointLondon, Chargemaster, Electricity Supply Board (ESB) and Fastned were successful. They will fund, maintain, operate and install the rapid charge network.