Electric vehicles

The number of electric vehicles on our streets is increasing rapidly as more drivers  change from petrol and diesel cars  to electric. We want to support electric vehicle (EV) drivers and to encourage more residents to make the change. As most residents cannot install their own electric vehicle chargers, we know that we must provide charging points on-street.

Charging points in the borough

In the past two years we have more than doubled the number of charging points in the Borough and as of mid-March 2023 we have:

  • Three rapid chargers
  • 157 Source London charging point bays 
  • Almost 700 lamp column chargers

This means that practically all residents are within 200 metres of a charging point and over 90 per cent of residents are within 100 metres.

All our EV chargers are at a height that makes them accessible to wheelchair users.

Find a charging point with the Zapmap website

Rapid chargers

The three rapid chargers in the Borough are in Oakley Street, Symons Street, and Russell Gardens.  All rapid charger sites have dedicated EV bays.

These are operated by BP Pulse and provide 50kw of power. In May 2021  the average pay as you go tariff is 25 pence per kW per hour. 

See the BP Pulse website for more information.

Source London charging points

Source London is a London-wide scheme for electric vehicle drivers. 

All Source London charging points are in dedicated EV bays.

Most sites have two charging points (one 7kw and one 22kw), but some sites have a double headed 22kw point and a very small number of sites have just one 7kw charging point.

Source London offers a discounted rate for members charging in their own borough as well as a pay as you go rate:

Lamp column charging points

These charging points are sockets in existing lamp columns. They are operated by Ubitricity and offer a 5kw charge.

Ubitricity offers three tariffs: including a pay as you go rate.

​Lamp column chargers are located in lamp columns, generally  next to residents’ bays and pay-by-phone visitor parking bays.

Parking charges and maximum stay requirements apply in the pay-by-phone visitor parking bays during controlled hours which are usually:

8.30am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday

8.30am to 1.30pm or 8.30am to 6.30pm on Saturday depending on location

Please check signs as there are some exceptions. However, most electric vehicle users use the lamp column chargers at night when parking is free.

Resident permit holders can also park free of charge in pay-by-phone visitor parking bays between:

  • 8.30am and 9.30am and between 5.30pm and 6.30pm Monday to 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-by-phone visitor parking controlled hours, you will have to pay.

Non-residents will need to pay during all the pay-by-phone visitor parking controlled hours.

We are building a network of lamp column chargers across the Borough but not all lamp columns are suitable. We cannot install chargers in Kensington Vestry Heritage style columns or any other columns that are within 15 metres of other electrical equipment, on narrow pavements or which are not in reach of a parking bay. There are also other non-visible restrictions such as underground services that we cannot be aware of until our contractors carry out surveys.

Reporting a faulty charger

If you find a fault with a charge point, please report this directly to the operator. This will ensure that faults are properly logged and tracked all the way to resolution. Please do not attempt to use a charge point if you see any signs of damage.


Tel: 0800 024 6279
Email: [email protected]

Source London

Please complete the contact form on their website or call 0203 056 89 89.

BP Pulse

Please complete the contact form on their website, call 0330 016 5126 or email [email protected] 

Future installations

We are aware that we need more rapid chargers to deal with the increasing demand so we will be concentrating on this type of charger in the near future, as well as continuing with the roll out of Source London and – subject to funding - more lamp column chargers.

Residents' parking permits for electric vehicles

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

Residents can only have one permit for one car. Although electric vehicles do not produce emissions at the point of use, they still take up parking space which is in short supply in the borough and are therefore subject to the second and subsequent permit surcharge which applies to households which have more than one car.

Visitor parking for electric vehicles

We offer discounted rates for visitors with electric vehicles in pay by phone bays, see our tariffs webpage.

Charging on Council Estates

We do not currently have any on-Estate electrical vehicle charging available to our residents, however, we are currently looking into this as a priority.

If you would like to register your interest in using on-Estate electrical vehicle charging please let us know by emailing your name, address, vehicle registration, make and model to [email protected].

Charging from your home

We do not allow residents to run cables from their homes across the footway to charge their electric vehicles as it is an offence under the Highways Act 1980 to place objects on the public highway that could present a hazard to other road users.

Contact information

If you have any other queries relating to EV charging points, please email [email protected].

Last updated: 20 March 2023