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Electric vehicles

97ec3d80e64c4582afe780241ac58f26Road transport is the third largest source of carbon emissions nationally and remains the main source of many local pollutants. Islington Council is committed to helping people travel in a more sustainable way and is working to reduce transport-related emissions across the borough.

Although there are a range of lower-emission vehicles available on the market, electric vehicles have a range of additional benefits:

  • Electric vehicles use a battery and electric motor to power the vehicle, so they produce no vehicle exhaust or carbon emissions at the point of use.
  • Electric vehicles use energy far more efficiently than a standard internal combustion engine vehicle, so even if the electricity is sourced from fossil fuel power stations, the carbon and particulate emissions remain significantly less than regular cars.
  • Electric vehicles have the potential to be ‘zero-emission vehicles’ (ZEVs) if powered by renewable electricity, and create almost no noise.

Free resident parking permit for electric vehicle owners

Under the council’s emission-based permit charging, owners of electric vehicles receive a free resident parking permit. For more information see Parking Permits.  

Electric vehicle charging points 

Because many Islington residents do not have access to off-street parking where they can charge an electric vehicle, we have installed some on-street electric vehicle charging points. This means residents who own an electric vehicle can now charge their vehicles in a growing number of locations around the borough.

Residents who wish to use the on-street points can purchase an electric vehicle charging point (EVCP) permit. To join the scheme will cost £67.00 for the first year and then an annual £20 cost (for the RFID card). PLEASE NOTE: You will need to provide your own charging cable. Electric vehicle owners will also be consulted on the possibility of setting up a pay-as-you-go system to pay for the electricity used.

How to apply

Download the application form and payment form and send them to: Parking Permit Team, London Borough of Islington, PO BOX 34750, London, N7 9WF.

Charging point locations

There are currently 13 council owned electric vehicle charging locations in Islington:

  • 2-4 Tufnell Park Road N7 0QA – near Holloway Road end
  • Cahill Street EC1Y 8SA - near Peabody Buildings, Block J, Dufferin Street
  • Farringdon Lane, EC1R 0NA - near the junction with Vine Street Bridge
  • Giesbach Road N19 3EH – near the junction with Holloway Road
  • Hall Street EC1V 7LX - near the junction with Goswell Road
  • Hemingford Road N1 1DA – at the Hemingford Road/Belitha Villas/Huntingdon Street junction
  • Highbury Crescent N5 1RN - outside Highbury swimming pool
  • Lever Street EC1V 3RH - near the junction with Ironmonger Row
  • Pooles Park N4 3PG – near the junction with Carville Street
  • Sheringham Road N7 8PB - near the junction with Lough Road.
  • St. Johns Grove N19 5RW – near the junction with junction Road
  • St. Luke’s Close EC1V 3QL - near the junction with Old Street
  • Tolpuddle Street N1 0XT - outside the Culpeper Park playground

Charging point not working?

If there are any charging points in the borough which are not working you can call our current electric charging point supplier (elektromotive) on 01273 947 947. Call whilst you are at the actual charging point, as this is the best and usually quickest way of resolving issues. This number should also be provided on the charging pillar itself. 

Alternatively you can contact Peter Hazzard, Parking Projects Manager on 0207 527 4797 or by email at

Greening the council's fleet 

We are committed to minimising vehicle emissions from our fleet. We take a comprehensive approach to reducing vehicle use, including promoting more sustainable staff travel, running a variety of alternative fuelled vehicles and piloting new vehicle technologies. Some specific initiatives include:

  • Staff across the borough are able to use bicycles and electric scooters for getting around the borough
  • We run a fleet of electric cars, hybrid cars and LPG vehicles, with the electric fleet powered by renewable wind energy
  • Our Highways service runs an electric Modec van, which is silent and creates zero emissions
  • Our entire diesel fleet has been running on UK sourced bio-diesel since 2006 and we are currently piloting a scheme using pure plant oils straight from the source on buses and refuse vehicles, which use less fuel and significantly reduce emissions
  • The majority of our refuse and recycling fleet is now Euro V using Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) to significantly reduce our emissions from the heaviest polluters in the fleet, and our waste transfer vehicles are running on a combination of LNG and bio-diesel
  • We train our drivers to a high standard using the Government recognised SAFED course, which aims to reduce accidents and reduce our fuel consumption figures
  • A fully integrated GPRS system now helps us to reduce ‘dead mileage’ through more efficient routing.

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