Motorists currently believe there are only 100 to 200 electric vehicle charging points in London and almost a third believed there were no EV charging points near their home or workplace, according to Westminster City Council, Siemens and Ubictricity, which have highlighted the number of charging points available in the London borough by renaming its Sutherland Avenue, which now has 24 lamp post charging points, ‘Electric Avenue W9’.
Neighbouring roads are due to have lamp columns converted in the coming weeks.
Westminster claims it has more EV points than any UK local authority, including 296 lamp column charge points. There are plans to reach a thousand charge points across Westminster City Council within the next year, as it claims twice the number of locally registered EVs than any other inner London borough, and the most among all the other London boroughs.
The launch follows research conducted by Siemens showing 36% of British motorists planned to buy a hybrid or electric vehicle as their next car, with 40% saying that a lack of charging points stopped them from doing so sooner. Across the capital Siemens says it has joined Ubitricity to complete over 1,300 installations, funded from the Go Ultra Low Cities Scheme.
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Editor’s note: Londoners will know that the original Electric Avenue is in Brixton, the first market street to be lit by electricity and immortalised in Eddy Grant’s 1982 song. We look forward to seeing it also upgraded with EV charging