More Electric Vehicle Charge Points (EVCP) are coming to the borough with 12 new on-street chargers being installed by Liberty Charge and which are provided at no cost to local taxpayers.
The company, part of Liberty Global, who are also co-owners of Virgin Media O2, will offer 48 charging sockets for electric vehicle owners to use in December.
Liberty Charge offers charging from 38p/kWH with a £5 monthly fee and no connection fee or from 43p/kWH and £1.50 connection fee
Ealing Council says another 170 charging sockets across the borough will also go live in early 2023.
Liberty Charge says it is “a specialist in delivering charge point infrastructure at zero-cost to local authorities, taking full responsibility for maintaining and operating the charge points without requiring any local taxpayer support.”
Councillor Peter Mason, leader of Ealing Council said: “We are committed to working together to boost the number of EVCP across the borough as we strive to achieve net zero in carbon emissions for the borough by 2030. We want to rapidly expand the number of accessible EVCPs for those without a driveway or home charging option. It is vital that local people are given a say in where these chargers are being installed which is why have a further 216 EV charging sockets due for consultation in early 2023.”
Councillor Dierdre Costigan, cabinet member for climate action added: “Switching to an electric vehicle could be great for your bank balance as well as the planet. Running costs are far lower than traditional cars, and electric vehicles are exempt from the congestion charge and ultra-low emission zone schemes. Our rapidly expanding network of EVCPs means all residents will be withing 10 minutes’ walk from a charging point. More electric cars on local roads in place of petrol and diesel vehicles also means lower emissions and cleaner air.
Neil Isaacson, CEO Liberty Charge, said: “We’re really proud to partner with Ealing Council, offering a solution that comes at no cost to the taxpayer to make charging an EV accessible to everyone in the borough. Collaboration with the council and residents is paramount to securing the right chargers at the right speed in the right place – so the borough enjoys full EV charging optimisation.”
The 12 sites currently installed are:
Cranleigh Gardens, UB1 2BX; Evelyn Grove, UB1 2BW; Oswald Road, UB1 1HJ; Green Drive, UB1 3AY; 1 George Street, UB2 5PS; 15 Carlton Road, W5 2AE; Vyner Road, W3 7LZ; Grange Road UB1 1BY; Opp. 4 Arnold Road, UB5 5TB; 9 Princes Gardens, W3 0LX; Hale Gardens, W3 9ST; Side of 91 Church Road on Manor Court Road, W7 3BH.