In the UK, Westminster City Council and Siemens have installed more than 1,000 on-street EV charging points in the City of Westminster, London. The council, working in partnership with Siemens GB&I, installed the 1,000th EV 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 have been installed at key residential and commercial locations across the city. Drivers can park their vehicles in dedicated charging bays and can charge for up to four hours between 8.30 am and 6.30 pm every day.
Since research shows that many drivers have said a lack of access to charging points had prevented them from switching to an electric vehicle sooner, Westminster City Council has made it possible for residents to make an online request for an EV charging point to be installed near their home. This will inform the council’s plans for new chargers, targeting areas with the greatest demand.
The City of Westminster encompasses part of Inner London and the bulk of London’s central area, suffering some of the worst air quality in the UK. The council declared a climate emergency in 2019 and created the City for All vision that 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, explained: “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.”