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.
- already installed the largest network of on-street charging points in London
- launched a network of lamppost column charging points.
There are now more than 200 charging points across the borough, and every home or office should now be within 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. Our network continues to grow and in 2020 we'll pass 250 charging points. We aim to have 1,000 by 2021.
Most of our 'on street' charging points are provided by Source London. You need to sign-up to use them and once subscribed you can use any charging points in their network, which is supported in 22 other London boroughs.
Electric vehicles registered in H&F
The number of electric vehicles registered in H&F has grown from 46 in 2013 to 810 in 2019.
The registrations for each year are:
- 2013 - 46
- 2014 - 69
- 2015 - 109
- 2016 - 187
- 2017 - 347
- 2018 - 535
- 2019 - 810
Lamppost column charging points
We currently have 87 lamppost column charging points from Ubitricity in the borough. Six were originally installed on a trial basis but the idea is proving so popular, we're installing more. Aother 200 are planned for 2020.
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
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.
Find my nearest charging point
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.
They’re also really, really quiet!