Richmond and Wandsworth Councils have enlisted Ubitricity to deploy 1,050 on-street charge points, evenly distributed between the two boroughs. These 5kW charge points will be seamlessly integrated into existing street lampposts by Ubitricity, a subsidiary of Shell. Payment options include debit/credit cards or the Shell Recharge app.
This initiative complements existing charging infrastructure, focusing on residential areas where street parking dominates. The councils encourage residents to propose installation sites.
Ubitricity, a part of Shell, operates a vast network of over 7,000 public charge points, the largest per Zapmap. Richmond Council's Cllr Alexander Ehmann aims to enhance electric vehicle adoption, recognising limited public transport options in Southwest London.
To further support EV transition, Richmond offers financial aid through the Good Move Scheme, while Wandsworth provides a £1,000 ULEZ grant in addition to the Mayor of London's ULEZ scrappage scheme.
Funding for these chargers is partially covered by OZEV's On-street Residential Charge point Scheme (ORCS), which assists in expanding EV charging accessibility for residents lacking off-street parking.
Toby Butler, UK Managing Director at Ubitricity, lauds Richmond and Wandsworth Councils for facilitating EV adoption and sustainability through their renewable energy-powered charge point network.