Cllr Kahar Chowdhury charges a car in Mile End Road
FOUR hundred new electric vehicle (EV) charging points have been given the go-ahead by Tower Hamlets Council as it works to create a cleaner, greener borough.
By the end of March next year, 150 new street light EV charging points are due to be installed by the council. A further 250 fast charging points, subject to the council receiving £1.5m in funding, will be installed by 2023.
Residents can suggest a location for a new EV charging point as part of a consultation launched today (Tuesday 5 October).
The plan to roll out of these new EV charging points was approved by Cabinet on 22 September. It sets out the role the council will play in the next four years to support the switch to electric vehicles.
This is to provide more charging points across the borough, promote the benefits of driving an electric vehicle to residents and businesses, and helping to reduce costs of owning a plug-in vehicle.
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said:
“As an inner London borough Tower Hamlets has some of the worst levels of air pollution in the capital. Research has also found that harmful fumes can be much higher inside vehicles than outside. Increasing the number and use of electric vehicles in Tower Hamlets will go a long way to improving our air quality and helping to protect the health of our residents.”
Tower Hamlets residents are starting to shift to electric vehicles. Last year, there were 1,091 plug-in cars and light goods vehicles in the borough – an increase of 66 per cent from the previous year, which is the third highest growth rate in inner London.
There are currently 23 fast charging points and 98 street lighting chargers in Tower Hamlets.
The new plan seeks to increase the number of EV chargers available to residents and updates the council’s previous target of 500 EV charging points to 1,400 by 2025.
Cllr Kahar Chowdhury, Cabinet Member for Public Realm said:
“These extra charging points are going to make a big difference with the shift towards electric vehicle use. We are making it easier for residents to charge an electric vehicle near their home and will be looking at ways to make it cheaper too, and I encourage everyone to take part in the consultation.”
If you want to find out more or suggest a location for an EV charging point go to: talk.towerhamlets.gov.uk/EVchargers
Posted on Tuesday 5th October 2021