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Electric vehicles

London has dangerous levels of air pollution which impact our health and contributes to climate change.The majority of pollution in London comes from road transport.

Replacing petrol and diesel vehicles with electric vehicles (EVs) will help to improve local air quality by reducing harmful emissions such as nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide.

We are supporting Islington residents switching to electric vehicles providing an on-street charging infrastructure. We acknowledge the majority of residents in Islington lack off-street parking, and cannot charge an EV at home.

Despite their environmental benefits, EVs are still motorised vehicles which contribute to road congestion and road safety issues. Therefore, public and active transport (e.g. walking and cycling) remain the Council’s top transport priority.

See more about the charging points in Islington

How we identify charging locations

The process we follow depends on the network operator and type of charging point. When investigating locations for new charging points, there are a wide range of matters to consider such as:

  • Electricity and BT availability
  • Parking restrictions
  • Footway clearance widths
  • Heritage restrictions
  • Local demand
  • Visibility


To reward the switch to low emission vehicles; electric vehicles receive the cheapest residential parking permits. This is because they produce less air pollution.

Business parking permits are also cheaper for electric vehicles.

Electric vehicles can now use short stay paid for parking facilities at the reduced rate of 20p. Simply select the time period you wish to park for and the system will charge you the concessionary rate. Maximum stay and the 'no return within one hour' rules still apply - check signs in the parking area.

Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ)

The Ultra Low Emission Zone now covers all areas within the North and South Circular Roads, which covers all of Islington. Check through TfL whether your vehicle meets the standards.

Time it takes to charge an electric vehicle

  • The time it takes to recharge an EV depends on various factors such as:
  • the power output of the charging point
  • the size of the EV battery

A typical EV can be recharged in approximately one hour from a 50kW charger or roughly four hours from a 7kW charger. 

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