Fancy doing your bit for the planet? Maybe swap that gas guzzler on your driveway for an excellent EV? You might have to think about that one.
The latest government data has revealed a massive disparity in electric vehicle car charging points across London.
Charging points are essential for electric vehicles and need to be more widely available than petrol stations as before 2035, when a promised government ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars in the UK will come into effect.
One borough, Havering, is far behind the rest though, both in terms of charging points per 100,000 population and real terms numbers.
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With just 25 points across the borough, residents in areas such as Upminster and Romford are well and truly miles behind boroughs such as Westminster, which has 1059. That’s more than 42 times the amount.
The discrepancies seem large across the capital although in terms of charging points per 100,000 population, a fairer way to look at things, only Havering is significantly behind with just 9.6. Every other borough and the City of London is in double digits.
Even Bexley, with the second lowest amount still has 16.4, almost double that of its neighbour across the Thames.
Far flung rural locations across the UK such as the Orkney Islands, which are closer to Norway than to London, and the Isle of Wight have more electric vehicle charging points (36 and 50 respectively).
Havering has a significant road network including the M25 motorway, A12 and A13 arterial roads meaning car usage in the area is higher than almost all other boroughs. At 75 per cent, only Hillingdon with 76 per cent has more.
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Havering also suffers from the lack of public transport crossing along the Lower Thames. Riverbus services don’t reach Havering and there’s no ferry meaning a short trip from one side of the Thames to the other involves either a car journey through Essex and Kent across the Dartford Crossing or a lengthy public transport diversion via either the DLR or X80 bus which does not accept Transport for London (TfL) fares.
A spokesperson for Havering Council, said: “The Council is actively looking into increasing electric vehicle charging points (EVCPs) in the borough and a public consultation is currently underway to inform this process.
“However, it has to be recognised that it isn’t just down to Local Authorities to do this but other organisations and providers such as petrol garages.”
The full, up-to-date statistics can be found here.
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