Electric Vehicle Charging Points

London Borough of Tower Hamlets is installing electric vehicle charging points and would like your feedback.

Closes Friday 22nd December 2017 Submit your comments

Consultation Background

Improving air quality by reducing emissions from road traffic is a crucial priority for Tower Hamlets. Dangerous levels of pollution in the air we breathe has major health implications, especially for children and vulnerable adults. Providing an accessible network of electric vehicle charging points will play a key role in encouraging the uptake of electric vehicles. This is vital if we are to deliver air quality improvements and achieve the Mayor of London’s target for a zero emission transport network by 2050.

We are already seeing a dramatic growth in electric vehicle ownership and by 2025 expect to be supporting over 3300 electric vehicles in the borough. This will be accelerated by a policy from the Mayor of London which will ensure that all new taxis are electric from 2018.

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets is supporting its residents who wish to switch to an electric vehicle. To do this we are going to provide a variety of electric charging options across the borough, making it easy and convenient to own an electric vehicle.

When introducing this infrastructure, we will endeavour to protect parking spaces which are designated residents use only. However, some provision will be required for passing traffic and visitors who need to top up their batteries. Any changes will need to work within the constraints of the existing Controlled Parking Zone restrictions.

To ensure the most suitable charging options are provided in the most suitable locations we are now asking residents to let us know where demand for electric vehicle charging infrastructure is highest amongst local people.

Please complete the questionnaire below to register your interest in electric vehicle chargers. As well as wanting to know if you want charging infrastructure in your street, we are also interested to know if there any other locations you may wish to see electric vehicle charging points.

 

Types of electrical chargers

Electric vehicles substitute the petrol or diesel motor found in most cars for an electric motor powered by a battery. Rather than top up at a petrol station you plug your vehicle into a power supply via a cable.

To meet the different needs of all users from residents to taxis and commercial vehicles we plan to install three types of charger. They are:-

Fast chargers
The majority of chargers which you will see on-street are free standing ‘fast chargers’. They will charge an average vehicle in 3-4 hours. They are most commonly used by privately owned cars parked whilst visiting a destination such as a shopping centre or train station. However, they can also be used in residential areas by those without off street parking.

Rapid chargers
Rapid chargers will provide an 80% charge to an electric vehicle battery within half an hour. These are primarily intended for use by taxis, delivery vehicles and cars travelling long distances. They allow a vehicle to top up during its journey. Compared to fast chargers they will be installed in smaller numbers and in areas well connected to the strategic road network.

Lamp post chargers
For those without off street parking it is important to have convenient access to a nearby public charge point. One solution is to provide ‘lamp post chargers’. The sockets are integrated into existing lamp posts and paired with a smart cable purchased by the resident. They are slower than the other options but are still able to charge a vehicle overnight.

Benefits of electric vehicles

The benefits of electric vehicles are:

  • No tail pipe emissions
  • Can be powered solely by renewable energy
  • Reduces air pollution in urban areas
  • Less road noise
  • Lower maintenance costs

A large network of publicly accessible chargers is key to the widespread adoption of these vehicles. View the map here to see existing chargers.

Further information on electric vehicles can be found here.

What happens next?

This consultation will be open for six weeks and from the 30th November we will start to evaluate the responses and identify where we can locate the first chargers. We hope to install around 30 before the end of the financial year.

Those who have participated in the consultation will be contacted by email and updated on the progress of the consultation and the plans for the charger rollout.

Before any chargers are installed, the residents in the surrounding areas will be consulted on the plans. A letter explaining the details and a questionnaire will be delivered to their homes by direct mail.

Consultation Background

Consultation Background

Improving air quality by reducing emissions from road traffic is a crucial priority for Tower Hamlets. Dangerous levels of pollution in the air we breathe has major health implications, especially for children and vulnerable adults. Providing an accessible network of electric vehicle charging points will play a key role in encouraging the uptake of electric vehicles. This is vital if we are to deliver air quality improvements and achieve the Mayor of London’s target for a zero emission transport network by 2050.

We are already seeing a dramatic growth in electric vehicle ownership and by 2025 expect to be supporting over 3300 electric vehicles in the borough. This will be accelerated by a policy from the Mayor of London which will ensure that all new taxis are electric from 2018.

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets is supporting its residents who wish to switch to an electric vehicle. To do this we are going to provide a variety of electric charging options across the borough, making it easy and convenient to own an electric vehicle.

When introducing this infrastructure, we will endeavour to protect parking spaces which are designated residents use only. However, some provision will be required for passing traffic and visitors who need to top up their batteries. Any changes will need to work within the constraints of the existing Controlled Parking Zone restrictions.

To ensure the most suitable charging options are provided in the most suitable locations we are now asking residents to let us know where demand for electric vehicle charging infrastructure is highest amongst local people.

Please complete the questionnaire below to register your interest in electric vehicle chargers. As well as wanting to know if you want charging infrastructure in your street, we are also interested to know if there any other locations you may wish to see electric vehicle charging points.

 

Types of electrical chargers

Types of electrical chargers

Electric vehicles substitute the petrol or diesel motor found in most cars for an electric motor powered by a battery. Rather than top up at a petrol station you plug your vehicle into a power supply via a cable.

To meet the different needs of all users from residents to taxis and commercial vehicles we plan to install three types of charger. They are:-

Fast chargers
The majority of chargers which you will see on-street are free standing ‘fast chargers’. They will charge an average vehicle in 3-4 hours. They are most commonly used by privately owned cars parked whilst visiting a destination such as a shopping centre or train station. However, they can also be used in residential areas by those without off street parking.

Rapid chargers
Rapid chargers will provide an 80% charge to an electric vehicle battery within half an hour. These are primarily intended for use by taxis, delivery vehicles and cars travelling long distances. They allow a vehicle to top up during its journey. Compared to fast chargers they will be installed in smaller numbers and in areas well connected to the strategic road network.

Lamp post chargers
For those without off street parking it is important to have convenient access to a nearby public charge point. One solution is to provide ‘lamp post chargers’. The sockets are integrated into existing lamp posts and paired with a smart cable purchased by the resident. They are slower than the other options but are still able to charge a vehicle overnight.

Benefits of electric vehicles

Benefits of electric vehicles

The benefits of electric vehicles are:

  • No tail pipe emissions
  • Can be powered solely by renewable energy
  • Reduces air pollution in urban areas
  • Less road noise
  • Lower maintenance costs

A large network of publicly accessible chargers is key to the widespread adoption of these vehicles. View the map here to see existing chargers.

Further information on electric vehicles can be found here.

What happens next?

What happens next?

This consultation will be open for six weeks and from the 30th November we will start to evaluate the responses and identify where we can locate the first chargers. We hope to install around 30 before the end of the financial year.

Those who have participated in the consultation will be contacted by email and updated on the progress of the consultation and the plans for the charger rollout.

Before any chargers are installed, the residents in the surrounding areas will be consulted on the plans. A letter explaining the details and a questionnaire will be delivered to their homes by direct mail.

Please complete the questionnaire below


Have your say

We want everyone who lives and works in the borough to have their say on the proposals. Please fill out the questionnaire above.

If you have any questions or you require a paper copy, translation or other format please phone Project Centre who are managing the consultation on behalf of Tower Hamlets Council on 012 2366 6099 or email towerhamletsev@projectcentre.co.uk.

The consultation will close on 22 December 2017 – but will be replaced by the ability to request a charge point through our website on an ongoing basis.

Thank you for your feedback.


In addition to the proposed chargers, we would like to know of any additional locations where you would like to see chargers. Suggestions so far are displayed as red pins below. To add your own suggestions click here.