August 17, 2017
More than 150 new electric vehicle charging points will be installed across Richmond to ‘help fuel the growth of clean and green motoring’. That is with the help of £285,000 from the Government. Richmond Council will receive the funding from the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles, with the money being distributed as part of the Mayor of London’s Go Ultra Low City investment programme. The scheme aims to make electric vehicles an easier and more practical option for Londoners. The new funding will also provide residential charge points to assist those without access to off-street parking to make the switch from previous cars to zero-emission vehicles. Last year, the council launched a new electric vehicle charging strategy that outlined the council’s commitment to provide a network of fast chargers in town centres and key destinations, as well as lamp column chargers in residential roads across the borough for both businesses and residents. The first lamp post charging points were installed in residential roads in Twickenham and Barnes earlier this year and those with an electric vehicle can sign up for the scheme and buy a smart cable. This automatically permits charging while transmitting the information needed for membership and billing through a simple payment process. The location of each charge point will appear on commercial charge point maps as well as a dedicated app from the provider, Ubitricity. Councillor Peter Buckwell, cabinet member for highways, said: “I am delighted that we have been successful in obtaining this grant from the Go Ultra Low City Scheme. “This funding will enable us to install a further 150 lamp standard electric vehicle charging points across the Borough, thereby building a network of charging points for our residents. “The funds are being managed by Transport for London and it is a great endorsement by them in the ability of our borough to deliver projects to support future modes of transport”. Source: http://www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/news/15475877.Richmond_residents_to_get_electric_boost_on_the_roads/?ref=rss