Electric vehicles

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Electric vehicle provision in Westminster

In Westminster we have over 450 on-street electric vehicle (EV) charge points, ranging from 3kw to 22kw, and more are being added to provide greater coverage for the growing number of EV owners in the City.

There are dedicated on-street charging bays where you can charge for up to 4 hours from 8:30am to 6:30pm every day and charge points fitted into lamp columns alongside resident parking bays.

Once you have charged your vehicle, please unplug and move off the bay or away from the lamp column so that others may use it to charge their EV.

Please check our map to see if there is a charge point close to you :

Find a charge point

If you feel there are no charge points within a reasonable distance, you might like to complete a form to help us determine where to install future points:

Request a new charge point

Why go electric?

In London around 90 per cent of all car trips are less than 10km, making electric vehicles an ideal choice for an emission free short trip within London.

There is no vehicle excise duty to pay on EVs below £40,000 and grants are still available from central government to encourage people to purchase one from new and/or to have a home charger installed for those with a driveway. Please visit the Energy Saving Trust website for more information.

Running costs are lower than petrol and diesel vehicles and EVs have no tailpipe emissions of CO2 or other air pollutants which have a detrimental effect on human health.  

Other benefits of running an electric vehicle in Westminster include: 

  • discounted parking - pay for just 10 minutes in Westminster’s on street pay-to-park bays and park for the maximum prescribed period (EV and plug-in hybrid vehicles only)
  • access to on-street charging points alongside dedicated EV bays where it is free to park whilst you charge
  • a free resident’s parking permit for Westminster residents with an EV
  • 100 per cent cleaner car discount on the congestion charge or ULEZ charge

Charging providers in Westminster

Charge points in the city are operated by Source London, Chargemaster, PodPoint, ESB (currently only for taxis) and Ubitricity. Search the map above (or Zap Map) to find the points nearest to you and visit the operator’s website for details of how to access the points. There are fees to connect to these points and these might differ if you decide to join a pay monthly scheme or pay as you go (operator dependent).

Charging at a car park

Charging points are available at a number of privately operated car parks in Westminster, including those operated by NCP and Q-Park.  

Charging from a private supply over the highway

Please do not charge your electric vehicle by running a cable across the public highway from a domestic or business electricity supply. The council does not support this method because of the potential safety risks to members of the public. Furthermore, charging your vehicle with an extension lead is not recommended as it can overheat under the continual electrical load required to charge.

Westminster car club

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are available to drive as part of the Westminster car club scheme. In addition, approximately 30 per cent of the flexible car sharing fleets that now operate in Westminster are fully electric. Please see the car club page on the council's website for more information.

Expansion plans

Our ambition is to expand the provision for EV charging in Westminster in both numbers and range of charging types. This past summer (2019), Blue Point London installed new charge points (including the new 22kW chargers) alongside an additional 28 dedicated EV charging bays.

We now have close to 300 lamp column charge points after another summer installation programme. We are also planning to increase the offering of rapid chargers for electric taxis and commence the installation of rapid chargers for use by the general public in 2020.

We will post any updates to charging infrastructure here, so please check this page on a regular basis.

Fault reporting

If you find a fault with a charge point in the City, please report this directly to the supplier via their customer service telephone number. These are usually listed on the post. This will ensure that faults are properly logged and can potentially be tracked all the way to resolution. Please do not attempt to use a charge point if you see any signs of damage.

Last updated: 17 December 2019