Electric vehicles

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.

Charging points in Kensington and Chelsea

See the location of all charging points in the borough here

We currently have 41 Source London charging points and 63 lamp column chargers across the borough.

We are working on a programme to install a further 170 new lamp column chargers over the next couple of months. These new chargers will offer a pay-as-you-go facility and you will not need to buy a metered cable to use them, although you may choose to buy a cable that offers a reduced charging fee. We will also be replacing the 63 existing chargers with upgraded versions.

Source London charging points

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. All Source London charging points are in dedicated EV bays and only EVs that are charging may park there. Thirteen of these charging points are 22kw and the rest are 7kw. Three of the bays are reserved for resident permit holders. Find out more about Source London.

Lamp Column charging points

These charging points offer a 3.5kw charge and currently you will need to buy a metered cable to use them. The chargers are operated by Ubitricity. If you wish to join the scheme, please contact Ubitricity directly.


Find out more about lamp column charging points

We have not dedicated parking bays for electric vehicles using the lamp column chargers. The chargers are located 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.

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.

If you wish to join the scheme, please contact Ubitricity directly.

 Would you like a lamp column charger near you?

We have already chosen locations for the next batch of lamp column chargers but we will keep adding new chargers as funds become available.

If you would like us to consider installing lamp column chargers near you, please send your suggestions for two or three lamp columns near your home – each column is clearly numbered to evcharging@rbkc.gov.uk

It is important that you think about the likely availability of the parking space when choosing the locations. It may be that columns closest to your home are not the best choices and lamp columns near bays which are less likely to be occupied would be better so as to maximise the likelihood of accessing the sockets. Another consideration is whether to choose columns by residents’ bays or pay and display bays. Residents’ bays will be free to permit-holders, but may be occupied by a non-electric vehicle for long periods of time. Pay and display bays would incur a parking charge during controlled hours but would be free at night and would offer the advantage that there is a turnover of cars using them.

We cannot install chargers in lamp columns next to yellow line restrictions.

Unfortunately, the heritage style lamp columns are not large enough to accommodate chargers but we may be able to install a bollard instead.


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.

Visitor parking for electric vehicles

We do not offer discounted rates for visitor parking in pay and display bays.