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:
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).
Once you have charged your vehicle, please move off the bay or unplug from the lamp column point, so that others can use it.
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).
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.
Vehicles must still be parked legally when charging from a lamp column.