3,000 electric vehicle chargers in Hackney by 2030
Three thousand electric vehicle (EV) chargers could be installed in Hackney by 2030, under a tender issued by Hackney Council, in what is thought to be one of the biggest area-based expansions of EV infrastructure in the country.
The tender - ending this week - calls for private sector organisations to partner with the Council’s energy services arm, Hackney Light and Power, to deliver the new chargers, with the Council expecting 1,500 to be installed by 2024, as part of its commitment to do everything in its power to support emissions reduction in the borough.
It is also aimed at supporting the transition to electric vehicles, with 45% of people currently citing the lack of charging infrastructure nationally as the biggest barrier to EV ownership.
Transport accounts for 125 kilotonnes of Co2 emissions each year in Hackney, the second biggest borough contributor to climate change, after domestic energy use.
While EVs still contribute to particulate matter pollution through tyre wear, their uptake will help to reduce tailpipe emissions like nitrogen dioxide across the borough, helping to tackle London’s air quality crisis.
The tender builds on a Council commitment to provide chargers within 500m of every household, which it aims to meet by the end of 2021, after the installation of a total of 296 charging points, currently a mix of lamppost, fast and rapid chargers.
Decarbonising our transport system is one of the most significant ways we can help reduce emissions in the borough and tackle the climate crisis - with this landmark tender representing a huge investment in charging infrastructure locally.
As with much of our work to rebuild a greener Hackney, this will also have tangible benefits for local residents: it’ll be easier to switch to EVs and we’ll see air quality improved.
However, to keep making Hackney a better place to live, we’re also clear that this work must also sit alongside an overall reduction in vehicle ownership, which is why we’ve introduced tens of new School Streets and low traffic neighbourhoods - supporting us all to walk, cycle and use public transport locally.
Find out more about the Council’s work to rebuild a greener Hackney: https://hackney.gov.uk/rebuilding-a-greener-hackney/
Find out more about the tender issued by the Council: https://procontract.due-north.com/Advert?advertId=a5871cd1-ef19-ec11-810e-005056b64545&p=2241eb95-058a-e511-80f7-000c29c9ba21