The announcement comes as part of Clean Air Day on 15 June 2017. It is hoped that the expansion of public charging points in the borough will reduce barriers to people switching to zero emission vehicles, as well as benefiting the many residents who already own electric or hybrid cars.
As part of Richmond Council’s work to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality in the borough, a new Electric Vehicle Charging Strategy was agreed last year. This outlines the Council’s commitment to provide a network of fast chargers in town centres and key destinations, and lamp column chargers in residential roads across the borough, for both businesses and residents.
The first ten lamp post charging points have now been installed in residential roads in Twickenham and Barnes, which will allow owners without off-street parking to charge their cars. The discreet nature of these charging points mean that no additional street furniture is needed on the narrow pavements in these roads. If successful, more lamp charging points are planned.
Those with an electric vehicle can sign up for the scheme and buy a smart cable which automatically permits charging, while transmitting the information needed for membership and billing via a simple payment process. The location of each chargepoint will appear on commercial charge point maps as well as a dedicated app from the provider, Ubitricity.
The Council is also working to install nearly 70 fixed charging units later this year across 21 locations that are more suitable for motorists requiring a faster charge.
Cllr Peter Buckwell, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Highways, said:
“Poor air quality is one of the biggest issues facing London. We need to do everything we can to cut vehicle emissions.
“Supporting the take up of electric cars is a key priority for this Council. These zero or low emission vehicles have the potential to reduce local air pollution, but we have to provide the charging infrastructure if that is going to happen.
“I hope that as we continue to roll out more charging points, even more residents will start buying electric cars. They aren’t just good for the environment, they are also good for the pocket!”
Knut Hechtfischer Ubitricity co-founder said:
“We’re proud to be working with the Council to ensure the market’s most flexible electric vehicle charging is available for Richmond.
“Installing our smart solution into London streetlight poles means greater convenience for drivers and residents, cheaper costs for Councils to install more low-impact charging infrastructure and ultimately cleaner air for London.”
Residents are also invited to make a pledge today to improve air quality in Richmond.
To help raise awareness, residents are asked to leave their car at home and use public transport, walk or cycle. You can also show your commitment by signing a pledge. To make your pledge:
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Updated: 30 June 2017