H&F to be #1 in London for electric vehicle chargers

H&F Council is set to deliver hundreds more lamppost chargers for electric vehicles.

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Leader of H&F Cllr Stephen Cowan at the Source London event in Crondace Road Fulham, celebrating their 1,000th charge point in 2019

Hammersmith & Fulham Council is set to deliver hundreds more lamppost chargers for electric vehicles as we create the largest network in London.

These new charging points – an investment of more than £5million – will swell H&F’s ever-growing network of electric vehicle charging points to more than 3,000 by March next year.

“We’ve led Britain by installing these charge points as we encourage the shift to electric vehicles, cleaner air and a greener environment”, said Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader of the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham.

“If you buy a new car, please make it an electric one.”

We’ve been working hard to give our residents the confidence to make the switch to an electric vehicle.

Bar chart showing the number of electric vehicles registered in H&F between 2016 and 2021. The number of registrations were: 187 in 2016, 347 in 2017, 821 in 2018, 1,676 in 2019, 2,037 in 2020 and 2,443 in 2021

Now, the focus is on growing our infrastructure quickly enough to meet the demand for on-street charging. H&F already has the highest density of electric vehicle charging points anywhere in the UK – but this new commitment moves us in the next gear.

Bar chart showing the number of electric vehicle charge points in H&F between 2016 and 2022 including projections: 35 in 2016, 113 in 2017, 139 in 2018, 227 in 2019, 339 in 2020, 952 in 2021, 1,358 in 2022, 2,000 in March 2022 and 3,000 in March 2023

Leading London

With the number of lamppost chargers bound to triple in the next 12 months, H&F is solidifying its status as London’s leading borough for e-charging infrastructure.

Operated by Ubitricity and SureCharge, the popular lamppost chargers offer an affordable and convenient charging solution for EV owners with no access to off-street charging facilities of their own.

By providing the necessary EV infrastructure, we’re empowering residents to make more sustainable travel choices to improve their own health and well-being as well as local air quality.

The speedy expansion of H&F’s lamp column charge point network will complement the council’s many other EV initiatives, including its pioneering resident-led charge point rollout strategy to reflect local demand.

Bar chart showing charge point requests from H&F residents between 2016 and 2022. The number of requests each year were: 89 in 2016, 277 in 2017, 492 in 2018, 764 in 2019, 957 in 2020, 1,448 in 2021 and 1,800 in 2022

Climate action together

In 2019, H&F Council declared a climate and ecological emergency. To tackle this issue locally, we’re doing everything we can do improve the local environment for future generations and become carbon net-zero by 2030.

Road transport in H&F accounts for 16 per cent of local emissions. Alongside more walking, cycling and public transport, we believe electric vehicles are a vital part of the future of travel. They are better for the planet as they radically cut carbon emissions and help improve local air quality.

The new investment is possible thanks to the council’s successful bid to the Office for Zero Emission Vehicle’s On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS), with application support from the Energy Saving Trust, as well as additional funding through H&F’s commercial partners.

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