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.
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
To reward the switch to low emission vehicles; electric vehicles receive the cheapest parking permits. This is because they produce less air pollution.
Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ)
From 8 April 2019 the ‘Ultra Low Emission Zone’ will replace the existing T-Charge which covers a large portion of central London. Non-compliant vehicles traveling through the ULEZ will be charged £12.50 (for vehicles up to 3.5 tons).
From 25 October 2021 the ULEZ is due to be expanded to the area bounded by the North and South Circular Roads (which cover all of Islington). Find out more about the ULEZ on the TfL website.
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.