Public transport and active travel (e.g. walking and cycling) remain the Council’s top transport priorities. However, electric cars and vans are a clean and safe alternative to the internal combustion engine and are an increasingly common sight on our roads.
As a growing number of residents and businesses drive electric vehicles, they will play an increasing role in reducing emission levels in Richmond, while saving their users substantial amounts of money in running costs.
Electric vehicle grants and discount
Some cars running on cleaner fuels including electricity are eligible for a 100% discount from the London Congestion Charge, and may also receive tax concessions and other rebates.
You can get a discount on the price of brand new low-emission vehicles through a grant the government gives to vehicle dealerships and manufacturers.
Off-street charging points
Find out options for charging vehicles at home and at work.
For residents and homeowners with existing off-street parking, charging an electric vehicle at home is the most convenient option. The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) runs the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme which offers grants towards the capital cost of the purchase and installation of a charge point in a garage or on the wall of your home.
However, please be aware that for any grant application to be approved, OZEV require evidence of off-road parking including vehicle crossover access. If you are considering installing a home charge unit but require a dropped kerb or ‘crossover’ to access your property, you will need to ensure that this is approved and completed before submitting your application to OZEV. Find out more about how to apply for a vehicle crossover.
Residents without access to private off-street parking should use public on-street charging facilities where available, and may make an expression of interest in having a lamp column charging point installed. Where no suitable on-street charging facilities are available you may consider running a cable across the pavement to your car. This is not supported as it can present a hazard or an obstruction for other street users, but if you choose to do so, it is your responsibility to make sure it is safe and does not cause a trip or electrical hazard. Under the Highways Act 1980 you would be liable in the event of an incident as a result of your action and you are advised to ensure that you have public liability insurance that specifically covers this situation. We do not currently consider it a priority for enforcement action if a cable is suitably protected and placed, but will review this position if the practice of running cables across the pavement becomes more widespread.
The UK Government has launched a Workplace Charging Scheme, which offers grants for companies to install EV charge points. Installation will have to be carried out by an approved OZEV installer, just like the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS).
Read more about the Workplace Charging Scheme guidance.
We are working with Source London and Siemens to grow the Borough’s network of charging points. All the public electric vehicle charging points in the borough (and in other boroughs) can be viewed on Zap-Map.
Lamp column charging
Lamp column charging is installed and maintained by Siemens under contract to the Council. Siemens have teamed up with Ubitricity to provide slow charging on residential streets, making it a good option for overnight charging. More details are on the Ubitricity website.
July 2021 update: in the first half of 2021 some lamp column chargepoints have suffered from intermittent tripping events which have led to a higher than normal number of chargepoints being unavailable. Siemens and Ubitricity are working to resolve these issues. All chargepoints are safe. Read further FAQs from Siemens and Ubitricity (pdf, 114 KB).
You can report faulty chargepoints to Ubitricity by emailing email@example.com or calling 0800 024 6279.
If you are interested in having a charge point installed in a lamp column on your street, please complete the online form. There are several hundred outstanding requests and it is unlikely that every request will be met, but we welcome all requests as this will help inform our decision-making process for future installations. If you have your own off-street parking, we will not be able to consider providing lamp column charging as other grant schemes are available.
Source London offers fast charging from dedicated on street parking bays. For more information about different membership options as well as Pay As You Go access and to sign up, visit the Source London website or call Source on 020 3056 8989.
Richmond’s Electric Vehicle Recharging Strategy 2016-2026
We published our new Electric Vehicle Recharging Strategy(pdf, 1164KB) in November 2016. The strategy outlines a numbers of ways in which we plan to increase charging facilities for EV usage in the borough over the coming years.
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Updated: 02 August 2021