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’ve already installed the largest network of on-street charging points in London
- We’ve launched London’s first fully electric car-sharing club
- We’re trialling charging points in lamppost columns.
There are now 140 on-street 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 we'll have more than 250 charging points by 2020.
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.
Lamppost column charging points
We currently have six lamppost column charging points from Ubitricity in the borough. These were originally installed on a trial basis but have proved popular, so we're installing another 70 of them this spring. Some of the benefits of lamppost charging points include:
- Less clutter by using existing 'street furniture' - No new columns
- Do not need dedicated parking bays, so no loss of parking space
- Uses existing electricity supply and pre-existing network
- More chance of being able to charge near your home
Fancy having a lamppost column charging point near your home? We'll consider all locations. Simply fill in our lapmppost charging point request form.
Find my nearest charging point
View Source London live status map of all the charging points in the borough to check in real-time for your nearest available charging bay.
There’s no bay near my home or workplace
We’re aiming to have an expansive network of charging points. Some locations are impossible due to trees, or other factors that restrict where we can install them.
If you have a location you think we should consider for charging bays, you can let us know by filling out our electric vehicle charging point online form.
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 request a lamppost charging point location 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 under the S162 of the Highways Act 1980 and subject to enforcement and possible prosecution.
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!
Bluecity car club
Bluecity is an electric car club, a bit like borrowing a Santander cycle, where you can pick up a car from any local charging point and drop if off in any of the 23 participating boroughs using the Source London network.
We understand not everyone can afford to go out and buy an electric car. And not everyone can afford to own and maintain a car.
With Bluecity, you get all the perks of car mobility, without the ongoing costs of fuel, maintenance and insurance. Plus, they are zero emission, so your journey won't pollute the air with exhaust fumes.