Electric vehicles

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Electric vehicle provision in Westminster

In Westminster there over 200 on-street 3kw or 7kw 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 from 8.30am to 6.30pm every day, as well as points fitted into lamp posts alongside resident parking bays (see below for more details about this).

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

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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 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 or ULEZ charge

Providers

The points are operated by Source London, Chargemaster, PodPoint 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. There are fees to connect to these points and they vary by operator. You can either join a pay monthly scheme or pay as you go (operator dependent). 

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.  

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% 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

We have ambitious plans to expand the provision for EV charging in Westminster.  This coming summer, Blue Point London will be installing an additional 35 dedicated EV charging bays (to include 22kW charge points as well as 7kW).

We aim to fit a further 140 lamp column chargers by the end of 2019/20 and will further the offering of rapid chargers for electric taxis and commence the installation of rapid chargers for use by the general public.

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: 24 May 2019