Westminster City Council has become the first local authority in the UK to install more than 1,000 on-street electric vehicle (EV) charging points.
The council, working in partnership with Siemens GB&I, installed the 1,000th EV charging point in April and are on track to deliver another 500 chargers by April 2022.
The charging points range from 3kW to 50kW and have been installed at key residential and commercial locations across the city.
The charging points are available to all users, making it easier for residents to switch to environmentally friendly transport solutions.
Users are able to park their vehicles in dedicated EV bays and can charge for up to four hours between 8.30am and 6.30pm every day.
Research from Siemens found that 40% of motorists said a lack of access to charging points had prevented them from switching to an electric vehicle sooner.
To address this, Westminster City Council has enabled residents to request for an EV charging point to be installed near their home using an online form. The council will use this information to guide the installation of new chargers to ensure the programme is targeted at the areas with the greatest demand.
The City of Westminster suffers with some of the worst air quality in the UK and the council declared a climate emergency in 2019.
The council’s City for All vision outlines plans for Westminster to become a carbon neutral council by 2030 and a carbon neutral city by 2040.
“I am proud that Westminster is the first local authority to reach this important milestone,” said executive director of environment and city management, Raj Mistry.
“Poor air quality is consistently a top concern among our residents, so the council is embracing new technology to improve air quality and meet our net zero goals. By working in partnership with Siemens, Westminster is leading the way on electric vehicle infrastructure and enabling residents to switch to cleaner and greener transport.”
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