Transport for London (TfL) has opened a new rapid charging hub at Glass Yard in Woolwich, with eight charging points that can charge cars in 20-30 minutes.
The facility in south London is on the edge of the expanded ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) boundary. The ULEZ will expand up to, but not including, the North and South Circular roads on October 25 this year and is expected to contribute to a fall of harmful nitrogen dioxide of around 30% across the whole of London.
The Mayor’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Delivery Plan estimates that by 2025 London may need up to 4,000 rapid charging points and up to 48,000 residential chargers as more and more people and businesses move to electric vehicles.
TfL intends to have a rapid charging hub in every one of the capital’s five sub-regions and the new facility in Woolwich follows the opening of one in east London at Stratford International.
A site at Baynard House in the City of London (the central location) is currently being constructed, with more to follow in the north and west.
London currently has around a third of the country’s charging points and last year TfL hit its target of delivering 300 rapid charging points across the capital.
TfL said the rapid charging points will be particularly important in supporting commercial drivers, such as taxis, private hire and van drivers, to make the green transition.
It is also increasing residential charging points in partnership with the city's 33 boroughs. To date, more than 3,000 are in place through the Go Ultra Low Cities scheme.
There are now more than 7,000 charging points within the M25, an increase of more than 2,000 over the last year. Some are dedicated specifically to more than 4,300 zero emission capable black cabs taking fares from Heathrow to Hornchurch. Taxi drivers have also been able to access up to £10,000 to take 'dirty' diesels off the road and through the Office of Low Emission Vehicles are being given a grant of £3,500 to go electric.
Ahead of the zone covering a larger area, the Mayor has encouraged people to do away with older, polluting vans, cars, motorcycles and heavy vehicles with a £60 million scrappage scheme. This has already seen more than 11,000 retrofitted or put beyond use.
A new EV infrastructure strategy will be published later this year, addressing future forecasts.
It will include analysis of long-term demand, further information on how the Greater London Authority land can be used to ramp up the density of charging points and how the public and private sector can remove barriers to their construction.
Alex Williams, director of city planning at TfL, said: “It’s essential that we increase the supply of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles as we support the shift to these vehicles to clean up London's air and decarbonise transport in the city.
“We have seen an increase of more than 2,000 charging points in the capital over the last year and these new hubs are a key part of that expansion.
“Electric vehicle charging hubs that can be used in the same way as a traditional petrol station but without pumping toxic fumes are important in helping people to feel comfortable taking the plunge with an electric vehicle.
“The state-of-the art facility at Glass Yard gives people confidence that they will have a charge point available when they arrive and not have to wait long until they are fully powered up.
“These hubs will be spread across the capital and complement the dense charging network we already have, meaning range anxiety is not something drivers have to worry about in London.”