Sutton adds more than 100 EV points to bolster overnight recharging

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Another London borough has announced a major investment in on-street electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

The borough of Sutton has introduced 113 new EV charging points across the town and its surrounding areas. Sutton Council has teamed up with Siemens and its partner, Shell-owned infrastructure supplier Ubitricity, to provide new charging points which use electricity from existing lamp posts.

They allow residents who do not have off-street parking or are unable to install their own home charging point to charge hybrid and electric vehicles on the street where they live.

The new charging points are ideal for residential overnight charging and complement Sutton’s existing network of fast and rapid chargers.

Cllr Ben Andrew, chair of the environment & sustainable transport committee, said: “These new charging points offer Sutton’s residents a much greater choice and make electric vehicles accessible for residents for whom there might not otherwise be an option.”

He added: “The charge points are part of our commitment to provide sustainable transport options for current and future residents and visitors, and form just one part of our extensive sustainable transport strategy.”

Installation of the new points began in late 2021 and will be complete by the end of March 2022. Locations were chosen following consultations which asked residents where they would like to see new charging points. Exact positions of these and all charging points within the borough can be found on the Zap-Map website.

The charge points are being installed with financial assistance from London’s Go Ultra Low Cities scheme, which is managed by London councils, Transport for London and the Greater London Authority on behalf of the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles.

The move follows the installation of more than 700 electric vehicle charge points in three other London boroughs, Newham, Brent and Redbridge, which have been funded by Uber.