We want to support electric vehicle owners and to encourage more residents to change from internal combustion engine cars to electric vehicles. As most residents do not have off-street parking facilities, and therefore cannot install their own electric vehicle chargers, we know that we must provide charging points on-street.
See our Electric Vehicle Charging Strategy
Charging points in the borough
As of mid-January 2021, in Kensington and Chelsea there are:
- Three rapid chargers
- 83 Source London charging points
- 320 lamp column chargers (around 80 more will be installed by the end of March 2021)
This means that more than 85 per cent of all residents are within 200 metres of a charging point and we expect to achieve 100 per cent by March 2021.
The three rapid chargers in the Borough are in Oakley Street, Symons Street, and Russell Gardens.
These are operated by Chargemaster and provide 50kw of power. In January 2021 the average pay as you go tariff is 25 pence per kW per hour. See Chargemaster’s website.
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 and only EVs that are charging may park there.
The 83 charging points are spread across the Borough at 47 locations. Most sites have two charging points (one 7kw and one 22kw), but 11 sites have just one 7kw charging point.
Source London offers three tariffs, including two membership rates and a pay as you go rate:
- Source London also offers a reservation system to full and flexi members.
- Find out more about Source London.
Lamp column charging points
These charging points are operated by Ubitricity and offer a 3.5kw charge.
Ubitricity offers three tariffs: including a pay as you go rate.
We do not provide dedicated parking bays for electric vehicles that use lamp column chargers. Chargers are located in lamp columns 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.
Locating lamp column chargers
We are building a network of charging points across the Borough to ensure all residents have at least one close to their home.
Not all lamp columns are suitable for lamp column chargers. 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.
We install lamp column chargers in batches as funding becomes available. At present, all funding has been allocated but we hope to be able to plan more installations from March 2021.
Please see Zapmap website for the locations of all charging points in the Borough. If your home address does not have a nearby charging point, please email us at EVChargerRequest@rbkc.gov.uk and we will look to providing more charging points in the area when funding is available.
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.
If you have any other queries relating to EV charging points, please email EVCharging1@rbkc.gov.uk.
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.