Councils continue to invest in EV charging

Tower Hamlets Council and Buckinghamshire Council are installing thousands of new electric vehicle chargers.

Tower Hamlets’ Cabinet has approved the installation of over 2,200 new electric vehicle chargers across the area over the next two years.  

In total, there will be 2,245 chargers installed from 2024 to 2026 which will be made of a mix of charging point types including 45 rapid chargers. These charging points will be delivered through a range of supplier and government grant funding. 

Currently, there are 327 street lighting column charging points and 23 fast charging electric vehicle points in the borough. The new installation programme approved by Cabinet will significantly increase the availability of the current electric vehicle charging provision. 

Lutfur Rahman, Executive Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: 

“We know that residents and businesses are increasingly shifting to electric vehicles, and as a council we are keen to support this transition. The ambitious installation of new electric vehicle chargers will help bring our street infrastructure into the future and will be designed to meet an ever-growing demand. 

“As part of responding to the climate emergency, we are working to lower emissions across the borough while continuing to develop a transport network that is fit for purpose. A cleaner, greener borough means encouraging more use of sustainable transport methods, including electric vehicles.” 

Buckinghamshire Council will use £1,991,000 in funding recently granted from the UK Government’s Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) capital fund to help them work towards a target of 1,000 publicly-accessible chargepoints in Buckinghamshire by the end of 2027.

Steven Broadbent, Cabinet Member for Transport at Buckinghamshire Council, said:

“It’s excellent to hear that we’ve been successful in our funding bid to further support the installation of hundreds of new chargepoints across Buckinghamshire. This funding will ensure the rollout continues at pace, with those without access to off-street parking benefiting hugely.

“It will not only help us work towards reaching our target of 1,000 publicly-accessible EV charging spaces in the county by 2027, but it’s also another great example of the extent of the work we’re doing to tackle climate change here in Buckinghamshire.”

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