Electric charging point first for taxis

Published Tuesday, 13 February 2018

The first electric charging point specifically for ultra-low emission taxis is being installed in Bromley town centre.

The charging point is being installed in the taxi rank in Elmfield Road and will enable two taxis to charge at once. The news makes Bromley the first borough in London after Westminster to install this latest charging technology.  Sites by Orpington Station will follow shortly. The news was confirmed earlier this month at the council's Environment Policy Development and Scrutiny Committee meeting.

It follows work to deliver 20 public vehicle charging points at 9 sites across the borough in partnership with Bluepoint London during the past three years, with more planned.

"We are seeing a revolution in motoring, with electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles becoming a common sight on our roads. The indications are that this trend will accelerate and we will see more and more residents and visitors wishing to take advantage of the latest technology and driving experience. We want to make sure we provide the infrastructure to enable residents to choose electric and hybrid vehicles should they so desire. We're mindful that technology can and does change, so we intend to balance charging points with demand across the borough, whilst not restricting residents' choice of fuel. We're monitoring usage at the installed sites. We expect the costs for EV sites to be borne by car users or fuel providers not by council taxpayers" said Councillor William Huntington-Thresher, Executive Councillor for Environment.

Councillor Huntington-Thresher added, "We're aware that many residents do not have a drive and would theoretically need to charge their vehicle overnight on street.  If this is you and especially if you're actively considering purchasing an electric or plug-in hybrid powered vehicle now, we would be interested to hear from you."

Further information about the locations of the current electric charging points for all vehicles across the borough is available by visiting www.bromley.gov.uk/electricvehicles

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