Councillors give green light to £3m electric vehicle boost

Published: 2 March 2018

Senior councillors in Wandsworth have formally approved a series of proposals to boost electric vehicle ownership in the Brighter Borough.

The council’s executive this week gave its backing to plans to invest around £3m promoting and encouraging greater take up of this eco-friendly form of transport that could deliver major improvements in air quality levels.

The money will be used to fund the following initiatives:

  • Installing at least 227 EV-charging lamp posts to be offered on request to residents who have already bought or are about to purchase a new electric car.
  • Installing charging plugs in 380 lamposts within two pilot zones – in Putney (149) and Battersea (231) – to gauge local demand and encourage more people to go electric. The results from these trial schemes could see this key infrastructure extended to other residential areas.
  • Providing another 120 Source London car charging points at various locations across the borough, adding to the 99 already in use at 33 separate places in Wandsworth.
  • The establishment of a new e-car club in Wandsworth – offering a convenient and eco-friendly alternative to car ownership, providing electric vehicles to hire by the hour, day or week.

The number of electric vehicles registered in Wandsworth has grown from 127 at the end of 2015 to 408 today – with numbers rising by around ten per cent every three months.

Current projections indicate that some 5,500 electric vehicles will be registered in the borough by 2025 – but with enhanced infrastructure and more charging points that number could rise to nearer 10,000. Existing analysis indicates that Wandsworth already had one of the highest take up rates in London for electric vehicles.

Introducing lamp post charging points will have no impact on parking provision in the borough. There will be no restrictions on the types of vehicle allowed to use adjacent parking spaces, so they can be used by both electric and non-electric vehicles.

Transport and environment spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “Towns and cities across the country need to start thinking seriously about installing the infrastructure that will soon be required to keep people on the move.

“Here in Wandsworth we are planning to be well ahead of the game.

“It’s now undeniable that the future of motoring is electric. All the major car manufacturers have signalled they’ll soon be phasing out diesel and petrol engines while the Government has also announced that sales of new petrol and diesel cars is to be outlawed within a generation. 

“By creating such an extensive network of charging points our aim is to remove one of the biggest hurdles facing people when they begin to think about the feasibility of changing from petrol and diesel to electric.

“This is an ambitious programme of change which has the potential to achieve a real improvement in air quality. We’ve already done a lot to tackle pollution in Wandsworth and these projects will help us do even more.”