Electric vehicles

Leading the charge for electric vehicles 

We believe electric vehicles are the future of travel. It’s better for the planet, reducing exhaust emissions and helping improve air quality.

Because of this, we want to do all we can to make driving and owning an electric vehicle in H&F as easy as possible.

We have:

  • installed the largest network of on-street charging points in London providing over 250 destination charge points offering either a 7 or 22 kWh charge
  • continued to develop our network of lamppost column charging points, numbering over 650 in 2021, with a further 1,000 planned for delivery this year
  • installed the highest number of on street 50 kWh rapid charge points in London, with 10 across the borough, including 2 mini-hubs of 3 x CPs
  • delivered over 100 dedicated charging bays in partnership with Liberty Charge as part of an InnovateUK funded project to utilise existing infrastructure.

There are now more than 1,000 charging points across the borough, and our network continues to grow. 

Every home or office is now within at least 400 metres of one. There are also electric charging points on private land, including some garage forecourts and in the car park of the Westfield shopping centre.

We also want to encourage our residents to make the switch so are offering a variety of green permit discounts. Find out about electric vehicle parking permits.

Electric vehicles registered in H&F

The number of electric vehicles registered in H&F has grown from 46 in 2013 to 2,464 in 2020.

The registrations for each year are:

  • 2013 - 46
  • 2014 - 69
  • 2015 - 109
  • 2016 - 187
  • 2017 - 347
  • 2018 - 821
  • 2019 - 1,676
  • 2020 - 2,464
  • 2021 - 2,872

Lamppost column charging points

We currently have over 650 lamppost column charging points from Ubitricity in the borough.

We have another 1,000 planned for 2022.

Some of the benefits of lamppost charging points include:

  • less clutter by using existing 'street furniture' 
  • uses existing electricity supply and pre-existing network
  • more chance of being able to charge near your home.

To further support or residents in finding convenient, cost effective and accessible charge points close to their home we have delivered the largest network of dedicated charging bays service lamp column charge points in the country.

Do you know a good location for a lamppost column charging point? We'll consider all locations. To suggest a location for a lamp column charging point simply complete our short survey, here.

Electric vehicle charging bays

Users of any electric vehicle charge point must follow the restrictions displayed on the signs relevant to the location. Find out more about using EV charging bays.

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Image caption: Image 2: From left to right, Cllr Wesley Harcourt, James Everley, Cllr Stephen Cowan and electric car owner Marcela Kelly

Find my nearest charging point

Map of electric vehicle parking and charging bays in Hammersmith & Fulham (pdf 845KB)

You can also use the real-time information for all public and private charge points on PlugShare or Zap-Map to make sure you’ll never run out of charge.

Can I charge from my home supply?

If you have a private driveway or off-street parking, you may be able to charge your car directly from your home’s mains supply.

If you don’t have access to private off-street parking you may consider running a cable across the pavement to your car. We don’t support this as it can cause a hazard. It would be better to consider using a lamppost column charging point. If you don’t have one of these near your home or work, you can suggest a location for a lamppost charging point for us to consider.

If you choose to trail a cable over the pavement, you must make every effort to reduce the trip hazard by covering the cable and making passers-by aware. If you don’t, it could be regarded as an illegal hazard or obstruction to the public highway and subject to enforcement and possible prosecution under the S162 of the Highways Act 1980.

Why should I go electric?

Electric cars produce no exhaust emissions, so they play a massive part in helping reduce local levels of air pollution.

With zero exhaust emissions* electric cars are exempt from road tax (vehicle excise duty) and depending on the battery, could be cheaper to run overall than using a petrol or diesel car. *Hybrid vehicles, which have both petrol and electric motors, may differ in exhaust emissions.

We offer low emissions vehicles a great discount on your parking permit.

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