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Kingston Council announces partnership to provide ‘fast’ electric vehicle charging points

Kingston Council has signed a deal which will provide residents with up to 100 new electric vehicle (EV) charging points throughout the borough.

The agreement is part of plans to as part of plans to encourage more sustainable forms of transport. The partnership will see EV chargepoint supply network, Source London, install the additional points throughout the borough at no cost to the council.

There are currently 13 council-provided EV charging points at 10 sites across Kingston which will be reviewed and re-provided as part of the contract with Source London. 

In addition, the council is working on the installation of four new rapid charge points, funded by Transport for London (TfL) as part of their push to roll out 300 rapid charging points across the capital by 2020. 

This is a significant milestone in the council’s pledge to make Kingston a cleaner, greener borough, with the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2038. In June, the council declared a climate emergency, underlining a commitment to tackling the issue of climate change and poor air quality.

Installing the charging points is just one way in which the council is pledging to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality in the borough, which includes significantly increasing the number of safe cycle lanes in Kingston, working with developers to increase provision of electric vehicle parking spaces and importantly, incorporating proposals from Kingston’s first-ever Citizens’ Assembly on Air Quality into its revised Air Quality Action Plan.  

Councillor Hilary Gander, Portfolio Holder with responsibility for Environment and Sustainable Transport, said: 

“This is great news for Kingston. A key part of our pledge as a council is to reduce our carbon footprint and this is a big step in order to do just that.

“I want to thank our sustainable transport team who have worked incredibly hard in order to make this happen, and we’re very excited for what this can do for our borough.

“By installing these charging points, we are committing to providing residents with the option of choosing a more sustainable method of transport as we work together towards achieving a cleaner, greener Kingston.” 

Residents and businesses are being encouraged to share their ideas on where they’d like to see new on-street charging points. To have your say visit kingstonletstalk.co.uk/electric-vehicle-charging-points

Notes to editors:

The council held its first-ever Citizens’ Assembly on improving air quality over two weekends in November 2019, where randomly chosen residents were asked to become assembly members and consider: ‘How do we collectively improve air quality in Kingston?’ Experts and local community groups presented their evidence over the four days on why improving our air is so important and the Assembly’s recommendations will be presented at Environment and Sustainable Transport Committee on 11 February.

The council is working with developers, when assessing planning applications, to ensure that 20 percent of new car parking spaces within developments are for electric vehicles, and that an additional 20 percent of spaces have the basic infrastructure in place at the outset so that they can support electric vehicles in the future. EV charging facilities are included in any future plans, including additional charging points at petrol stations and at new retail developments.

EVs have no tailpipe emissions of nitrogen oxides and particulates. It is also estimated that EVs could help to reduce CO2 emissions by 41 per cent by 2030. Find your nearest existing charging point using this interactive map.