Electric vehicles

From April 2017, a payment of 10 minutes parking time is required for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in pay to park bays, to secure parking up to the maximum stay. Changes to Parking Fees and Charges

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

There is no vehicle tax to pay on electric vehicles and grants are still available from central government to encourage people to purchase one, visit Energy Saving Trust for more information. Running costs are lower than petrol and diesel vehicles and electric vehicles have no tailpipe emissions of CO2, or the air pollutants which have a detrimental effect on human health.  

Other benefits of running an electric vehicle in include: 

  • discounted parking - pay for just 10 minutes in Westminster’s on street pay-to-park bays and park for the maximum prescribed period (electric powered and plug-in hybrid vehicles only)
  • access to on-street recharging point
  • a free resident’s parking permit for residents with an eco or electric vehicle 
  • no congestion charge 

On-street recharging bays

In Westminster there are 60 on-street three or seven kilowatt recharging points. More are being added to provide greater coverage for the growing number of electric vehicle owners.  

There are dedicated charging bays where you can charge for up to 4 hours, as well as points fitted into lamp columns, alongside existing resident or pay-to-park bays (see below for more details about this). 

From July 2017, the 4 hour maximum stay restriction in charging bays includes Sundays, so applies from 8.30am to 6.30pm every day.

Once you have charged your vehicle, please move off the bay or unplug from the lamp column point, so that others can use it. 

Find a charge point

The points are operated by Source London, Chargemaster, PodPoint, Elektromotive and Ubitricity. Search the map to find the points nearest to you and then visit the operator’s website for details of how to access the points. Fees to use the points are being introduced and these vary by operator. You can either join a pay monthly scheme or pay as you go (operator dependent). 

Lamp column charging pilot  

A new concept in electric vehicle charging is being introduced, initially in Westminster’s Low Emission Neighbourhood. This involves fitting charging points to lamp columns; a smart meter in the charging cable captures usage and enables direct billing of electricity used. 

For more information about the pilot visit Ubitricity or contact customersupport@ubitricity.com

Vehicles must still be parked legally when charging from a lamp column.

Recharging at a car park 

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

Last updated: 2 October 2017
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