Spread of charging points makes e-motoring a smart option in Wandsworth
Published: 22 September 2017
Wandsworth is embracing the electric vehicle revolution by installing another 35 charging points at 11 new sites across the borough.
Work to install the charging equipment at these 11 locations has just been completed making it easier for car owners to make the switch to e-motoring.
And by the end of this year they are scheduled to be joined by at least another 50 charging points at 20 additional locations, subject to local consultation. This will make owning and running an electric car a much more attractive and viable option for thousands more Wandsworth residents.
The charging points each have their own parking space and can only be used by electric vehicles whilst being charged. Non-electric vehicles should not use them and face being issued with a ticket if they do.
Environment spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “We are making it easier for our residents to switch to more environmentally friendly motoring. We are providing the infrastructure that’s needed to make owning an electric vehicle a viable option.
“Within a few months there will be more than 100 charging points across the borough and we are looking beyond this to extend the infrastructure even further. This is the future of motoring and we intend to play our part in making it happen.”
This latest installations are at these locations - with the number of charging points shown in brackets.
- Brudenell Road, Tooting (3)
- Haldane Place, Earlsfield (5)
- Openview, Earlsfield (3)
- Prince of Wales Drive, Battersea (3)
- Rectory Lane, Tooting (3)
- Bramfield Road, Battersea (2)
- Clonmore Street, Southfields (3)
- Coverton Road, Tooting (2)
- Grant Road, Battersea (5)
- Sistova Road, Balham (3)
- St John’s Avenue, Putney (3)
These latest power points have been installed as part of the council’s partnership with Source London and also with electricity company SSE Enterprise.
Customers who wish to use the new charging points will need to register with Source London. The new charge points can be reserved up to 40 minutes in advance. Fees and details of how to reserve a space can be found on Source London’s FAQ page.
A number of other companies have provided publically accessible charging points within Wandsworth and across the capital. These locations can be found online.
For more information about electric vehicle ownership in the borough visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/driveelectric
Encouraging drivers to switch to electric could have a major impact in improving air quality. It’s just one of a range of measures the council is pursuing to improve the air we breathe. Others include:
- Lobbying City Hall for an outright ban on all diesel buses along Putney High Street and a ban on day-time deliveries on Putney High Street.
- Championing car clubs which dramatically reduce total vehicle use and take older, more polluting cars off the road. Wandsworth now has the highest car club membership in London.
- Introducing 20mph zones to calm traffic and encourage more cycling and walking.
- Promoting cycling and investing in the borough’s cycle network. Wandsworth now has the fastest growing cycling 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.
- Lobbying for higher capacity rail, bus, riverbus and tube services so more residents can switch from cars to public transport.
- 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.
- 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.
- The council's Smarter Driving campaign encourages drivers to take simple steps to reduce their emissions, like making sure tyres are correctly inflated.
- A rolling programme of environmental theatre productions in local schools to teach children how their travel choices affect air quality
You can help to improve the quality of air where you live or work by becoming an Air Quality Champion.
To find out more about how the council is working to improve local air quality visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/airquality.