The battle against pollution is being stepped up with the introduction of 40 new electric car-charging bays across Hammersmith and Fulham by end of next year.Planning applications for 10 new on-street car-charging points, each with two bays, have been submitted to H&F by service providers Source London Network, with applications for a further 10 charging points expected to follow shortly.
The new facilities are being considered in response to growing demand from residents as the popularity of low and zero-emission cars continues to rise in Hammersmith and Fulham, with numbers tripling year on year.
H&F revealed earlier this year that air pollution kills more than 200 people in the borough every year.
And before that, a cycling group carried out tests which revealed pollution on the in the borough was worse than thought, with children being hit hardest .
Cllr Wesley Harcourt is head of transport and environment at the council. He said: “We are committed to improving air quality by driving-down harmful emissions in H&F. These new on-street charging points will help power the welcome growth of low-emission vehicles in the borough.
“More residents using electric cars will see a reduction in CO2, NOx and particulate matter emissions that have detrimental effects on health and the environment.”
The first ten charging points, if granted planning permission, should be installed in early 2016, with the remaining ten expected to be up-and-running before the end of the year.
With Westfield shopping centre having 40 charging bays in its car park, it will bring the total in the borough to 80 by the end of 2016.
Residents who are keen to have a charging point in their street can notify the council online. If sufficient requests are made the H&F will investigate installing one.
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Ministers will soon be driving to official engagements in electric cars while even Downing Street will be fitted with charging points, the Government has announced.
More than 150 electric cars are to be introduced to official Government fleets from this Autumn as ministers seek to “lead by example” and boost public confidence in plug-in vehicles.
The Government Car Service, which provides cars for ministers, and the Department for Transport will be the first to receive the new cars, with every central government fleet eventually to be reviewed.
Departments will be asked to consider which of their existing cars could be replaced with like-for-like electric alternatives when they come up for renewal, with the initial leases to last two years.
Later this year the wider public sector will also be included in the £5 million scheme meaning a further 135 electric cars can be added to council, police force and NHS fleets.
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The installation of the charge points will allow EV drivers to connect conveniently with public transport on the Metropolitan, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly, Victoria and Central lines.
The network of 60 intelligent charge posts has been integrated into Source London, which remains the UK’s largest electric vehicle membership scheme with 1,300 charge points.
Installed for UK Power Network Services, each point will be able to charge two vehicles simultaneously.
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GREEN drivers are being asked where they would like to see more electric car charging points installed.
Barnet Council is planning to use part of a £200,000 grant from the Mayor of London to install four new points.
There are already six charging points in the borough, at High Barnet Station, Waitrose in Whetstone, Finchley and Mill Hill, Brent South Retail Park and Jemca in Edgware Road provided by Source London.
The grant funding has to be allocated to schemes to improve air quality.
According to the Department for Transport there were 351 electric cars registered within the Greater London area from January 2010 to February 2013.
Cabinet member for environment Dean Cohen said: “We have already shown a willingness to support electric vehicles in Barnet and over the coming months we will be looking at ways to increase the number of electric charge points if we can.
“Electric cars are becoming more popular around the country, especially in London and we want to make sure that Barnet is ahead of the curve. We are keen to hear from owners of electric cars about where they would most like charging points to be located.”
Motorists are invited to email firstname.lastname@example.org with their suggestions for future locations for electric charging points.
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