Ealing council have announced that there is to be a major boost to the area’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure, thanks to their partnership with Liberty Charge and strategic partner, Virgin Media O2.
After a high number of requests from residents that are keen to see a increase in the number of EV chargers close to their homes, the first phase is set to be complete this month and will bring chargers to 12 different sites across the borough. These 12 sites will accumulate to 48 new charging sockets..
Leader of Ealing Council, Cllr Peter Mason, said:
“It was great to meet with Liberty Charge, celebrate our partnership and get a first-hand look at one of our new charger sockets. This is just the beginning, we are committed to working together to boost the number of EVCP across the borough as we strive to achieve net zero in carbon emissions for the borough by 2030.
“We want to rapidly expand the number of accessible EVCPs for those without a driveway or home charging option. It is vital that local people are given a say in where these chargers are being installed which is why we have a further 216 EV charging sockets due for consultation in early 2023.”
This significant boost comes hand in hand with the council’s commitment to the improvement of the borough’s air quality, as well as delivering accessible charging solutions for those who are unable to access charging on their driveway or home.
Cabinet Member for Climate Action, Cllr Dierdre Costigan, said;
“Switching to an electric vehicle could be great for your bank balance as well as the planet. Running costs are far lower than traditional cars, and electric vehicles are exempt from the congestion charge and ultra-low emission zone schemes.
“Our rapidly expanding network of EVCPs means all residents will be within ten minutes’ walk from a charging point.”
Liberty Charge are specialists in delivering the necessary infrastructure for successful electric vehicle rollout, whilst doing so at zero-cost to local authorities. They take full responsibility for the maintenance and operating of the charge points, without the need for local taxpayer funding.
CEO of Liberty Charge, Neil Isaacson, said:
“We’re really proud to partner with Ealing Council, offering a solution that comes as no cost to the taxpayer to make charging an EV accessible to everyone in the borough.
“Collaboration with the council and residents is paramount to securing the right chargers at the right speed in the right place – so the borough enjoys full EC charging optimisation.”
The council has also committed to a further two phases of electric vehicle charging solutions, with 24 new sites set to be completed at the beginning of next year and more to follow later in 2023.