Electric vehicles (EVs)

Electric cars and vans are a clean and safe alternative to the internal combustion engine and are an increasingly common sight on our roads.

As a growing number of residents and businesses drive electric vehicles, they will play an increasing role in reducing emission levels in Richmond, while saving their users substantial amounts of money in running costs.

New residential charging points

We have recently installed some new vehicle charging points in residential roads in Twickenham and Barnes, with a view to expanding the number across the borough.

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Benefits of EVs

EVs have no tailpipe emissions of CO2 or the air pollutants which have a detrimental effect on human health. The London Mayor's Air Quality Strategy (MAQS) focuses specifically on improving air quality by setting tough new standards to put London on course to meet legal limits and drive long-term progress. This commits the Mayor to working with partners to put 100,000 electric vehicles on London's roads by 2020.

Apart from environmental benefits, other advantages include:

  • No Vehicle Excise Duty or London Congestion Charge for EV owners.
  • Significantly lower fuel costs than the equivalent for petrol or diesel.
  • Sufficient range for everyday living and working in London due to improved battery technology.
  • Richmond borough EV owners are eligible for a Band A residents permit (currently free) when parking in Controlled Parking Zones, and if using a Richmond Card can park for free in Richmond parking bays.

Grants for the purchase of EVs

The UK Government offers:

Electric cars and vans available in the UK and eligible for the plug-in car and van grants are listed on the UK Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) website.

Richmond’s Electric Vehicle Recharging Strategy 2016-2026

We published our new Electric Vehicle Recharging Strategy(pdf, 1164KB) in November 2016. The strategy outlines a numbers of ways in which we plan to increase charging facilities for EV usage in the borough over the next ten years. We consulted on a draft of the strategy and have summarised the consultation feedback(pdf, 305KB).

New charging points

The borough’s existing charging points in Old Deer Park and Cedar Road car parks will shortly be withdrawn from use. They will be replaced by new Source London fast charging points as the Source London network rolls out borough-wide.

Source London will offer existing members of the Richmond borough scheme a 50% discount on membership fees for one year when the points are installed.

Call Source on 020 3056 8989 for details and to apply.

Charging a vehicle with Source London

Source London is an electric vehicle charge point network covering 19 London boroughs. The network was started by the Mayor of London and TfL to assist in delivering London’s vision of increasing the uptake and usage of electric vehicles to reduce emissions.

Richmond Council is working with Source London to provide a local network of EV charging points, with a first phase of over 80 charging points planned in 24 locations around the borough.

Source London users can access the network for £4 a month plus a 3.6p per minute charging fee. Charging points can be reserved in advance online or via the Source London mobile app. There are at present over 850 Source London charge points across London and 4,500 more will be installed between now and 2018.

For more information and to sign up visit the Source London website.

Check Source London’s Twitter, Facebook and newsletter for more information and updates.

Other charging points

These are being provided for residents with electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles who have no off-road parking but would like to charge their vehicles overnight.

Most electric vehicle owners currently charge their vehicles off-highway, at home or at work. We appreciate that many residents who wish to use EVs do not have access to off-highway charging points and wish to have additional options to that of using Source London.

Because of this, we are working with Ubitricity to begin a trial of lower-speed, 3kw charging points in residential areas. The first of these have been installed in streetlight columns in Twickenham and Barnes. Download the Ubitricity leaflet (pdf, 901 KB) for more information and contact details about how to sign up for the scheme.

We will be installing more points across the borough if the trial is positive. If you are interested in having a point installed in your street, please complete the online form.

Transport for London is also working with boroughs to provide a number of locations with high-power, rapid chargers across the capital. These will enable the complete charging of vehicles in about half an hour. These are mainly aimed at the next generation of zero-emission black cabs and commercial vehicles which will be launched in 2018. However, they may also be available for public use. We will update this page with more information as soon as it becomes available.

There are also currently a number of privately-owned charging points for public use in the borough.

Public charging points
Location Access How to access
Richmond Station Car Park (NCP), Drummonds Place, Richmond, TW9 1DN Customer Source London scheme membership required. NCP parking charges apply.
Sainsburys, Lower Richmond Road, Richmond, TW9 4LT
(10 charging points)
Customer Pod Point scheme membership required. Supermarket parking restrictions may apply.
Waitrose, 72 Oldfield Road, Hampton, TW12 2HQ Customer Chargemaster Polar Network membership required. Supermarket parking restrictions may apply.
Currie Motors, 161 Chertsey Road, Twickenham, TW1 1ER Via car dealership Source London scheme membership required. Check with dealership reception before use.

For the latest information on the location, type and availability of all public charge points in Richmond upon Thames and other London boroughs visit Zap Map.

Charging at home

For residents and homeowners with existing off-street parking, charging an electric vehicle at home is the most convenient option. OLEV offers an Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme which currently offers a grant of 75% (up to a maximum of £500) towards the capital cost of the purchase and installation of a charge point in a garage or on the wall of your home.

However, please be aware that for any grant application to be approved, OLEV require evidence of off-road parking including vehicle crossover access. If you are considering installing a homecharge unit but require a dropped kerb or ‘crossover’ to access your property, you will need to ensure that this is approved and completed before submitting your application to OLEV.

Please see the Dropped Kerbs page for further information about how to apply for a vehicle crossover.

Workplace EV charging grants

The UK Government has launched a Workplace Charging Scheme, which offers a grant of £300 per socket for companies to install EV charge points.

The scheme went live on 21 November 2016, with any business, charity or public authority eligible to claim the grant towards the cost of installing charge points, as long as they have dedicated off-street parking for staff or fleet use.

Installation will have to be carried out by an approved OLEV installer, just like the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS). Companies can claim the £300 for each socket, up to a maximum of 20 sockets.

Unlike the EVHS, there is no need for the company to have a plug-in vehicle on its books, but a need must be declared on application. That can include plans to add plug-in vehicles to the company’s fleet, or as an incentive to encourage uptake of plug-in vehicles amongst staff.

The grant can only be claimed for new charge points yet to be installed, with no option to back-claim the amount against existing units. Also, three-pin sockets are not eligible for the grant.

Find out more about the scheme.

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Updated: 24 August 2017