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Fifteen new electric charging points given green light in Redbridge

People are being encouraged to use electric vehicles (Credit: Redbridge Council)

Fifteen new electric vehicle charging points have been given the green light in Redbridge.

Street lamp posts will double up as the charging points, adding to the 10 that are already installed in South Woodford and Wanstead.

The new charging points will use energy from the same power source as the streetlights.

The move is designed to encourage the wider use of electric vehicles to help reduce the borough’s carbon footprint.

Redbridge Council proposed new locations for installing on-street electric vehicle charging points and associated EV charging bays earlier this year. 

Using feedback from residents, suitable locations where electric vehicle drivers can charge their vehicles have now been identified.

The Council will gather feedback from residents on these 21 additional locations.

Cabinet Member for Environment and Civic Pride Cllr, Jo Blackman said: “This latest round of electric vehicle charging points will help residents’ transition from diesel/petrol to electric vehicles.

“This is crucial to improving air quality and tackling climate change, ensuring a healthier, cleaner and greener environment for our communities to enjoy.”

The Leader of Redbridge Council, Cllr Jas Athwal said: “As a council we are committed to improving air quality across our borough, giving local children the chance to develop strong, healthy lungs and reduce the incidence of illnesses like Asthma which are linked to pollution.

“Electric Vehicles are better for the environment and we want to make it as easy as possible for local people who already have them to charge their cars, and encourage those that have not yet made the switch to consider doing so.”

The Council is also looking to implement innovative wireless charging for electric cars following consultation with residents.

This involves installing a pad on the underside of an electric car that can be aligned with pads buried beneath the road surface, allowing cable-free charging.

As well as EV charging points in residential streets, in South Woodford, an area of the Mulberry Way Car Park will be converted into a community electric charging hub by the end of this month.

Two mobility hubs in South Woodford and Wanstead will also be available as an alternative way to charge electric cars.

At the South Woodford Hub, there is an electric car club bay, outdoor seating area, trees, and plants. 

The Wanstead Village Hub will include an electric car club bay, an electric vehicle charging bay as well as outdoor seating area and cycle parking.

To find out more information on Electric Vehicle Charging Points, how to find a charging point and to suggest a location for a charging point visit the Redbridge Council website.

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