More than 170 fast chargers for electric vehicles are being installed in Redbridge in a project with ride-sharing firm Uber.
The project is part of the borough’s plans for sustainable and greener travel and to assist the local community in switching from petrol or diesel to electric vehicles.
Transport was identified as one of the largest sources of carbon emissions in Redbridge, making it one of the council’s key areas for action in tackling climate change and creating a cleaner, and greener Redbridge.
By switching to an electric vehicle, drivers are not only lowering their carbon footprint and helping the environment, but also helping improve air quality.
As part of the expansion of the borough’s EV infrastructure, the project will see 174 fast chargers installed in 87 locations around the borough in 2024.
Funded through Uber and Believ, the installation of the first tranche of chargers is expected to start early next year.
Uber has partnered with Redbridge and two other boroughs to introduce more fast chargers across the capital. By helping increasing London’s overall EV charging network Uber aims to bring more on-street charging access both to its drivers and other EV users in London.
Cllr Jas Athwal, Leader of Redbridge Council, said: “Our goal is to keep expanding Redbridge’s on-street electric vehicle charging network to make it easier for local people to switch to an electric vehicle, helping to cut air pollution and tackle climate change in the process. And this also means helping local taxi and private hire drivers in Redbridge to switch to electric vehicles too.”
Andrew Brem, General Manager of Uber in the UK, said: “Drivers often tell me that being able to access reliable charging near their homes is critical to their decision to switch to an electric vehicle. By targeting investment where it is most needed, we are confident that many more drivers will make the switch to electric.”
Guy Bartlett, Believ CEO said: “The partnership with Uber is an excellent example of private industry working together with councils to accelerate the roll out of EV charging in the UK.”
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