Westminster council installs 1,000 charge points

Westminster City Council and Siemens have installed more than 1,000 on-street charging points in the City of Westminster, it has announced.

The move, which the local authority claims is the first council in the UK to reach the milestone, follows work in partnership with Siemens GB&I, who installed the 1,000th charging point in April 2021 and are on track to deliver another 500 chargers by April 2022.  

The charging points range from 3kW to 50kW and have been installed at key residential and commercial locations across the city. Available to all users, drivers are able to park their vehicles in dedicated EV bays and can charge for up to four hours between 8.30am and 6.30pm every day.

Research from Siemens found that 40% of motorists said a lack of access to charging points had prevented them from switching to an electric vehicle sooner. To address this, Westminster City Council has enabled residents to request for an EV charging point to be installed near their home using an online form. The council will use this information to guide the installation of new chargers to ensure the programme is targeted at the areas with the greatest demand.

The City of Westminster suffers with some of the worst air quality in the UK and the council declared a climate emergency in 2019. The council’s City for All vision outlines plans for Westminster to become a carbon neutral council by 2030 and a carbon neutral city by 2040.

Raj Mistry, executive director of environment and city management at Westminster City Council, said: “I am proud that Westminster is the first local authority to reach this important milestone.

“Poor air quality is consistently a top concern among our residents, so the Council is embracing new technology to improve air quality and meet our net zero goals. By working in partnership with Siemens, Westminster is leading the way on electric vehicle infrastructure and enabling residents to switch to cleaner and greener transport.”

Bernard Magee, Director Electric Vehicle Charging, Siemens GB&I said: “Siemens is proud to support our partner Westminster City Council in achieving this fantastic milestone.

“The great work at Westminster provides a charging infrastructure blueprint to other local authorities on their own journeys to decarbonise transport and improve air quality across our towns and cities. We’re now looking forward to the next phase of activity in the borough, ensuring charging infrastructure continues to grow and benefit even more residents and visitors across Westminster.”

Image from Westminster City Council.

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