Huge disparity in electric car charge points across London – Evening Standard


huge disparity in the number of electric vehicle charging points Londoners living in different parts of the capital can access is revealed today.

Campaigners today warned councils and the Government must take “urgent” action if the UK is to reach its target of getting greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.

Data from the Department for Transport shows the wealthiest inner London boroughs have up to 360 car charging points per 100,000 people, while some outer London areas have fewer than eight. Think-tank Policy Exchange has said there was a risk of creating “charging blackspots” in some areas unless the rollout speeds up.

Kensington and Chelsea (269) Westminster (247) and the City of London (360) had the highest number of points per 100,000 people.

While Havering and Hillingdon were at the bottom, with fewer that eight chargers per 100,000 people.

Tower Hamlets came bottom of the inner London boroughs with 78 charging points overall (24 per 100,000 residents), the data from the beginning of the year shows.

Mayor John Biggs said: “As London’s fastest growing borough, we need investment in our infrastructure to allow residents and visitors to get around safely, efficiently and in an environmentally friendly way.”

However, the council said it had already started installing a further 182, which would all be in place this year. They are integrated into street lamps and paid for by City Hall and Government grants. London now has around 6,000 charging points for electric vehicles overall.

Mayor Sadiq Khan released £10m of funding, announced in November, plus a further £40m for the two years from April 2021 to pay for green energy and transport initiatives.

From October, the existing central London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will also expand to be bounded by the North Circular and South Circular, with a £12.50 daily charge for vehicles that do not meet the emissions standards.



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