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Electric vehicles

In Westminster we have over 450 on-street electric vehicle (EV) charge points, ranging from 3kw to 50kw, with more being added to provide greater coverage for the growing number of EV owners in the City.

There are dedicated EV bays alongside charge posts where you can charge for up to 4 hours from 8:30am to 6:30pm every day and these are available to all users. You will need to have access to the suppliers' app, or be in possession of a RFID card issued by the supplier, to obtain a charge. You might find it convenient to check the supplier and download the app before you visit the charge point. Please check the map below or visit the popular charge point mapping service at zap map if you are unsure who the supplier is.

We have also provided charge points, for the use by residents, fitted into lamp columns alongside resident parking bays. We do not have dedicated EV bays alongside lamp column charge points within the resident bays so we ask that once you have charged your vehicle, to please unplug and move away from the lamp column so that other users can obtain a charge.

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?

Thinking about making the switch to an EV but don’t know where to start? To find out everything you need to know head to Go Ultra Low

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 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 percent 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 continually expand the provision for EV charging in Westminster in both numbers and range of charging types. This coming summer (2020), we will commence installing up to 450 new lamp column charge points for use by Westminster residents. We shall also increase the offering of rapid chargers in the City with 3 new sites for electric taxis and commence the installation of on-street rapid chargers for use by the general public at 4 sites.

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

Charging up our city's electric vehicles

To help tackle the climate emergency and improve air quality, the council has set an ambitious strategy to support the switch to electric vehicles. Westminster already leads the way in electric vehicle infrastructure, with the most charging points of any borough in the UK. We’ve committed to doubling that number, to reach over 1,000 in the next year. Westminster suffers from some of the worst air pollution in the UK and emissions from traffic are a key source of that pollution. The switch to zero and ultra-low emission vehicles is also an integral part of reaching our objective to be carbon neutral by 2030.

Read our electric vehicle strategy for more details.

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: 28 September 2020