New electric vehicle charging points will be introduced throughout Croydon in a bid to promote more sustainable travel within the borough.
As part of Croydon Council’s plan to make greener travel easier, 60 new electric vehicle (EV) charging points have been approved for installation, with 20 more expected before February 2022.
The new charging points come in response to the council’s commitment to lower harmful air pollution amidst the current climate crisis.
This initiative has been welcomed by Croydon residents, as the council has reported an increased demand for EV charging points to facilitate the switch to electric or hybrid vehicles.
Councillor Muhammad Ali, cabinet member for sustainable Croydon, said: “These charging points put us on track to meet the growing demand in the borough and help support residents thinking of making the switch to greener travel alternatives.
“Making electric vehicles a more accessible option for Croydon residents is a key part of our plan to lower emissions and reduce harmful air pollution.”
Spread across 32 different sites, the new charging points will ensure a wider range of Croydon neighbourhoods have access to EV-friendly facilities.
In partnership with Liberty Charge, an organisation championing the switch to electric vehicles in the UK, Croydon’s new EV charging points are part of a wider scheme to introduce 600 across London by the end of winter.
The borough hopes to have 400 new points introduced within Croydon by Spring 2022.
Neil Isaacson, CEO of Liberty Charge, said: “Croydon is an example of a forward-thinking borough that is getting on the front foot when it comes to aiding the adoption of EVs, which is inevitable.”
The new charging points are the latest instalment of the council’s broader sustainable travel initiative. This has included the introduction of new cycle lanes and increased pedestrian footway space in the town centre and London Road.
These developments reflect significant steps towards Croydon achieving its target of a 34% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2025.