Boost for electric vehicles in Brent

16 January 2018

Electric vehicle users are being given a boost, as Brent Council agrees the roll out of a significant number of charging points around the borough.

Last night (15 January 2017), Brent Council’s Cabinet approved proposals to install new charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in the borough, in a bid to encourage cleaner travel and tackle air pollution in Brent.

The new plans include putting charge points in lamp columns in residential streets to allow residents who don’t have access to off-street parking to charge an electric vehicle overnight, and introducing ‘rapid charge points’ throughout the borough. These points will also support the taxi and private hire trades in using electric vehicles in the future, due to their ability to quickly charge a vehicle in 30 minutes.

The new proposals will see more than 50 additional charge points installed in lamp columns and several rapid charge points installed in the borough by the end of the 2018-19 financial year.

Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Brent Council Cabinet Member responsible for transport, said:

“Improving our air quality is a top priority and encouraging more car users to switch to electric vehicles is part of our commitment to reduce air pollution and create a greener, more sustainable future for everyone in Brent. To support this, and to meet the  growing demand for charging facilities from a rising number of electric vehicles in Brent,  I’m really pleased that we’re improving the infrastructure throughout the borough.

“This substantial investment in electric charging points will make a real difference in Brent, making electric vehicles an easier and more practical option for residents and visitors.”

Electric vehicles, which produce no harmful exhaust emissions, are a key part of Brent’s Air Quality Action plan and are becoming increasingly popular with car manufacturers throughout the world. By the end of 2016, there were over 2500 electric vehicles registered to addresses in Brent, and this number is steadily growing.