Go electric in 2017?
Published: Tuesday 17th January 17
As the council prepares to install up to 125 new electric car charging points, more residents can now consider making the switch to zero-emission electric motoring.
The installation programme will see 20 to 25 ‘charging stations’ created across the borough, each containing two to five individual charging points.
Currently there are only a handful of public charging points in Wandsworth so this roll-out will bring electric motoring within reach for many more local households.
The first 17 stations will be installed in the first quarter of 2017, providing around 50 charging points. The remainder will be installed later in the year.
The new charging points will be part of the Source London network, which allows members to recharge their vehicles at hundreds of locations around the city.
The installation programme comes as demand for electric motoring is increasing within Wandsworth and across London.
Currently there are more than 400 registered electric vehicle users within the borough - up from 97 in 2013. Source London has also recorded a major increase in requests for network membership during 2016 as demand continues to rise.
Because of their low emissions, electric vehicles contribute towards improving local air quality and are exempt from both the London congestion charge and the proposed Ultra Low Emission Zone charges, which are set to come into force in September 2020.
Environment spokesperson Councillor Jonathan Cook said: “We want to enhance the infrastructure in the borough and increase opportunities for people to choose more environmentally friendly lifestyles.
“I hope that the installation of these new charging points will encourage even more people to make the change to electric motoring and play their part in reducing air pollution.
“This is just part of our wider programme of air quality initiatives, including a wide ranging awareness campaign, championing car clubs, and pressing TfL for an outright ban on all diesel buses on Putney High Street and other congested corridors.”
The installation programme is expected to take around six months and will be funded by Bluepointlondon Limited, who manage the Source London electric vehicle charging point network, with zero cost to the taxpayer.
For those who would like to make the switch but are concerned about the initial cost, the government offers a Plug-In Car and Van Grant for new vehicles. For more information, visit the grant webpage.
Other steps the council is taking to tackle air pollution include:
- A ban on day-time deliveries on Putney High Street.
- Lobbying for higher capacity rail, bus, riverbus and tube services so more residents can switch from cars to public transport.
- A rolling programme of environmental theatre productions in local schools to teach children how their travel choices affect air quality.
- Helping schools develop school travel plans which reduce the number of cars used on the school run through initiatives like 'walking buses' and car pools.
- The council's Smarter Driving campaign encourages drivers to take simple steps like fully inflating their tires to reduce their emissions. It also provides free vehicle emission checks in public places like supermarket car parks.
- Promoting cycling and investing in the borough’s cycle network. Wandsworth now has the fastest growing cycle rate in the country according to Government statistics.
- Free bike safety lessons for children and adults to give more residents the confidence and skills they need to start cycling, and 'Dr Bike' cycle surgeries to promote cycling and teach residents basic maintenance skills.
- A free airTEXT messaging service warns residents when high pollution levels are forecast.
- Making the borough more pedestrian friendly, including projects in Clapham Junction, Southfields, Putney and Earlsfield.
For more information about electric motoring in Wandsworth, visit the council's website.Find out more about the efforts to tackle air pollution in Wandsworth on the council’s website.