First EV charger of country-leading rollout installed

The first of 2,500 new electric vehicle chargers in Hackney has been installed at Follingham Court, Hoxton, as part of one of the country’s biggest rollouts of EV charging infrastructure.

Marking the first time a whole-area network at this scale has been planned, Hackney Council is working with its partner Zest on the rollout, which will ensure everyone in Hackney has access to high quality EV charging. 

The move is part of the Council’s commitment to decarbonise the transport system in Hackney - a key goal in its climate action plan - which will help to tackle pollution and reduce the borough’s impact on climate change. 

The charger at Follingham Court is the first of 830 lower power chargers ideal for overnight charging scheduled to be installed this year, with another 670 following by 2026. 1,000 freestanding chargers capable of charging at between seven and 22kW - enough to top up an EV battery in a few hours - will also be installed during this time. 

The new chargers were commissioned at no cost to the Council, which used its procurement power and expertise to partner with the private sector to get a network that is right for Hackney. With 10% of chargers going on estates and chargers spread evenly across the whole borough, this project delivers fair access to charging for all residents.

Zest is funding the programme, providing and operating all 2,500 new chargers. The company is backed by the Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund, a government sponsored public-private fund designed to scale-up open-access, public EV charging networks in the UK, increasing its accessibility and convenience.

The rollout has been informed by the views of over 2,000 local residents who requested electric charging near them. There is a reduced tariff available for Hackney EV permit holders through Hackney Light and Power, the Council’s energy service arm.

Pavements will be kept free of charging infrastructure to maintain accessibility for pedestrians. The charge points will be mounted on existing lampposts, or installed in parking bays.

Hackney is expected to have the densest network of EV chargers of any area in the country when the rollout is completed in 2026, with 3,000 chargers in the borough’s seven square miles.

All of the charging points will use 100% renewable energy.

Cllr Mete Coban MBE, Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Environment and Transport

The switch to EVs will help tackle pollution and create a greener, healthier Hackney.

While we’re proud that Hackney has one of the highest proportions of people walking, cycling and taking public transport in London, this country-leading rollout will help those who need to drive to switch to EVs.

The Council has used its procurement power to do this in a way that works for Hackney - with chargers placed in lampposts or in parking bays, not the pavement, and by ensuring that all our estates and neighbourhoods benefit from the rollout.

We’re really happy to be working in partnership with Zest, who are funding, installing and operating the new chargers.

Cllr Mete Coban MBE, Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Environment and Transport
Robin Heap, Zest CEO

We’re delighted to be working in long term partnership with Hackney. The sheer scale of this project shows what bold thinking and public-private partnership can achieve. I see this as more than a project - it is a blueprint for the next wave of EV infrastructure.

The social equity built into the project means that people right across the borough will get access to EV infrastructure. As a certified B Corp we are committed to projects that deliver benefits for everyone, for the local economy and for the planet.

My message to all local authorities, especially those in receipt of LEVI support, is to look at the scale of ambition here in Hackney and ask yourself - what more could I do?

Robin Heap, Zest CEO

In addition to this EV charging programme, the Council expects soon to be able to agree a contract for 150 rapid chargers - for drivers that need to charge on the move - in the coming months. To view Hackney’s new and planned charging points, visit: https://hackney.gov.uk/electric-vehicles 

The Hackney Light and Power reduced tariff for Hackney EV permit holders can be accessed through the Zest app.