Electric vehicles

Information about electric vehicles in the borough, including location of on-street charging points and updates for resident permit holders.

The Council believes that electric vehicles, as an alternative to petrol/diesel fuelled vehicles, have a role to play in reducing the carbon emissions and pollution associated with road transport.

We know that concerns about the distance electric vehicles can travel before needing to be recharged can put off drivers choosing them. However, technology is changing – new cars travel further on each charge, charging is becoming quicker and charging points more plentiful. We also know that many of our residents do not have off-street parking facilities so we need to provide on-street charging points.

Charging points in Kensington and Chelsea

Source London charging points

We currently have 15 Source London charging points located in the following locations:

Site no. Location EV usage
1 St Charles Square Open
2 Talbot Road Open
3 Ladbroke Square RBKC Residents only
4 Norland Square Open
5 Palace Gardens Terrace Open
6 Addison Crescent RBKC Residents only
7 De Vere Gardens Open
8 Pembroke Villas Open
9 Nevern Place Open
10 Queen's Gate Open
11 Seville Street Open
12 Lennox Gardens RBKC Residents only
13 Shalcomb Street Open
14 Lots Road Open
15 Chelsea Embankment Open

These charging points are part of Source London - a London-wide membership scheme for electric vehicle drivers. Any vehicle that is licensed with the DVLA as a pure electric or a plug-in hybrid vehicle can join the scheme. This includes motorbikes, cars, vans and scooters. Find out more about Source London.

Residents using the 'Residents only' charging points must display their RBKC parking permit.

Lamp Column charging points

Installation of the 50 new lamp column charging points are going well and so far 38 of the 50 new chargers are ready for use and we already had 7 in operation. The remaining 12 are being worked on and will be commissioned by the end of January.

Here is a list of the locations of the new chargers and their current status

Lamp column chargers [PDF] (file size 213.09 KB)

See all electric vehicle charging points on this map.

Find out more about lamp column charging pointsWe have been carrying out a small trial of electric vehicle charging points installed in lamp columns at two sites in the Borough. This this has proved successful so we intend to expand with 50 new lamp column charging points, which will charge up to a maximum of 3.5 kWh. We will start installing the new charging points week commencing 27 November and expect them all to be operational by the end of January 2018. Our supplier Ubitricity has a free phone app (Android and iOS) which identifies where the operational charging points are as soon as they are live.

We will not be dedicating parking bays for electric vehicles using the chargers, so we do not need to change any traffic orders. We are locating the chargers in lamp columns next to pay and display bays wherever possible, rather than residents’ bays, as this will ensure a better turnover of vehicles and thereby increase access to charging points. If we located the chargers in residents’ bays we would not be able to prevent residents’ vehicles (whether electric or not) blocking the charging point by parking for long periods.

Although parking charges and maximum stay requirements will apply in the Pay and Display bays during controlled hours we expect that most electric vehicle users will use the lamp column chargers at night, when parking is free. Parking is free between 6.30pm and 8.30 am, and resident permit holders can also park free of charge in pay and display bays between 8.30am and 9.30am Monday to Saturday and 5.30pm and 6.30pm Monday to Friday (and 5.30pm to 6.30pm on Saturday where controls still apply). This means that if you are a resident you can leave your car from 5.30pm until 9.30am the following morning free of parking charges but if you want to park during pay and display controlled hours, you will have to pay. Non-residents will need to pay during all the pay and display controlled hours.

The chargers will be installed on behalf of the Royal Borough and operated by Ubitricity. You can access their UK website at www.ubitricity.co.uk or the general site www.ubitricity.com.

To use the chargers, you will need to buy an enhanced Mode-3-charging cable (32A) that has an in-built electricity meter. Ubitricity offer two options to electric vehicle users:

Option one – buy a cable for £199 and join Ubitricity’ s monthly subscription scheme which costs £7.99 per month and charges 15 pence per kWh for electricity used.

Option two – buy a cable for £299 with no monthly subscription and charges 19 pence per kWh for electricity used.

With both options there will be additional charges of £1 for each charging session and a charge of £1 per hour after the first 24 hours of being plugged in – this is to stop people leaving their vehicle plugged in longer than they need to, and to maximise the number of vehicles that can be charged from each lamp column. These additional charges will be collected by Ubitricity and be paid to the Council.

If you wish to join the scheme, please contact ubitricity directly at www.ubitricity.co.uk/HelloRBKC or get in contact per email via Hello.RBKC@ubitricity.co.uk

We should point out that as we do not know how high demand will be for the new charging points, from time to time, you may find it difficult to charge your vehicle when you wish, as the charging point may be in use. If this happens, we will do our best to introduce more charging points but there may be a delay of a few months. This is new technology and a new service requiring new processes. Our priority is to roll out the new electric vehicle charge points for residents and we are not currently in a position to respond immediately to additional requests.

Lamp column charger locations [PDF] (file size 44.42 KB)

Residents' parking permits for electric vehicles

Residents’ parking permits for electric vehicles are charged at the lowest permit tariff. See residents permits.

Residents can only have one permit for one car. We do not allow second permits for electric vehicles because, although they may not produce emissions at the point of use, they still take up parking space which is in short supply in the Royal Borough.