Greener driving

Greener Driving

While we are working hard to promote other modes of transport, for those who need to drive we are keen to promote greener driving to reduce congestion and emissions and make our streets healthier, more enjoyable places to be. 

Car share 

Share the cost of your journey with others and help reduce congestion and pollution. If half of UK motorists received a lift one day a week, congestion and pollution would be reduced by ten per cent and traffic jams by 20 per cent. More information is available from the Liftshare website.

Car clubs

Car clubs are schemes that allow you to 'pay as you go' for your car use and use a car when you really need it, without the cost or hassle of owning one, freeing up valuable kerb space for other uses. Zipcar is our car club partner and provides all the on-street car club bays within the borough. More information is available from the Zipcar website.

Electric vehicles (EVs)

Electric vehicles (EVs) help to improve air quality as they have no tailpipe emissions of nitrogen oxides and particulates. Due to concerns over climate change and our health, the government intends to ban the sale of new non-hybrid petrol and diesel cars by 2040. EVs also produce less noise pollution, which contributes to streets that feel calmer and more welcoming. 

Charging EV’s

In general there are three types of charging points, based on the power output and charging time:

  • ‘Slow’ chargers (up to 3kW) are best for overnight charging and usually take between 6 and 12 hours to charge.

  • ‘Fast’ chargers cover those with 7kW and 22kW power outputs, which typically charge an electric vehicle in 3-4 hours.

  • ‘Rapid’ chargers (50kw) typically charge an electric vehicle to 80% in around 30 minutes.

Where can I charge my electric vehicle?

Electric chargers are available throughout the borough and are increasingly being installed at new sites across the UK on private land, local authority and TfL land.

For details of your nearest charging point see the Zap Map website. There are currently 13 charging points located on Kingston roads and in its off-street carparks with more coming soon. 

Locations and number of chargers:

  • Bittoms Car Park - 1 charger (Slow)

  • Blagdon Car Park- 3 (Slow)

  • Rose Car Park- 2 (Slow)

  • Fairfield Road - 1 (Fast)

  • St Marks Hill - 1 (Fast)

  • Hook Centre Car Park - 1 (Fast)

  • Claremont Road - 1 (Slow)

  • Bridge Road - 1 (Fast)

  • Hook Road - 1 (Rapid)

The council is looking to extend this to a network of at least 100 charging points by 2022. Our Electric Vehicle Charging Policy and Action Plan, aims to encourage a shift from more polluting vehicles to electric vehicle (EV) ownership by developing the infrastructure to support EV charging in locations across the borough.

Source London fast charge points

Following a consultation in January and February 2020, we have worked with Source London to install fast chargers (7kw and 22kw) at 11 locations.

Many of these charge points are ‘dual’ - which means one charge point can charge two EV or plug-in hybrid vehicles at the same time.

These Source London charge points have provided EV and plug-in hybrid owners with a total of 26 dedicated, bookable EV charging bays they can use across the borough.

Source London offer both membership and PAYG rates

Kingston residents can benefit from 3 free months and 3 free charging hours when starting a new Full Membership with promo code KINGSTON20, valid until 31 December 2020 for all Kingston residents and businesses. 

Membership and usage fees apply after the initial 3 free months and 3 free hours - details accessible here.  

Location

Post code

Wattage

Union Street

KT1 1RB

dual 22kw (replacement site)

Grove Crescent

KT1 2DF

dual 7kw

Latchmere Lane

KT2 5SG

dual 7kw

Clifton Road

KT2 6PW

dual 7kw + 1 x 7kw

Woodside Road

KT3 3AW

dual 7kw + 1 x 7kw

Burlington Road

KT3 4NT

dual 7kw + 1 x 7kw

Catherine Road

KT6 4EY

dual 7kw + 1 x 7kw

Grafton Road

KT6 7AF

dual 7kw + 1 x 7kw

High Street (New Malden)

KT3 4LW

dual 22kw

Manor Drive North

KT3 5NY

dual 22kw

Ewell Road

KT6 7HF

dual 7kw + single 22kw

 

You can see these charging points mapped on Source London’s station map

Rapid Charge Points

We are working with TfL to install 4 Rapid Charge Points (50kw) by the end of 2020. These Rapid Charge Points will be operated by the Polar Network

Cambridge Road, KT3 3QE

The Triangle, KT1 3RU 

South Lane, KT3 5ES

North Parade, KT9 1QF

GULCS Lamp Column Charging Points

RBK has funding from London Councils’ GULCS (Go Ultra Low Cities Scheme) to install slower, overnight charging infrastructure into around 100 lamp columns. 

The choice of locations will be guided by responses received from the public during the recent Kingston Let’s Talk EV consultation. Residential streets with limited off-street parking will be prioritised. 

Grants for residents and businesses

To find out more about electric vehicles and grants for charging points in homes and workplaces, visit the Office for Low Emission Vehicles website.

If you want to change your vehicle at home you must have off-street parking. You must not trail a charging cable from your property to a vehicle parked on the road as pedestrians could trip up on the charging cable and you could be held liable for any injuries. 

If you have any queries relating to the Council's electric vehicle plans or would like to suggest a location for EV charging points in the borough please email [email protected].