Hackney Council releases electric vehicle charging map


Author: Mankirat Kaur

A new electric vehicle charging map showing the locations of over 2,500 planned chargers has been published by Hackney Council - as part of its drive to tackle air pollution and climate change.

The locations of the new chargers are spread across the borough - with over 10% serving housing estates - and have been informed by the views of 1,500 local residents who requested electric charging near them.

Last year, the Council announced its intention to become a national leader in EV charging with a partnership with Zest to provide and operate over 1,500 lamp column chargers and 1,000 free standing fast chargers.

The majority of the chargers are aimed at local residents for slow, overnight charging of electric vehicles. However, the Council is also installing fast and rapid chargers for drivers that need to charge on the move. All housing estates in the borough will be served by at least one charger.

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.

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 was adopted by Cabinet in May.  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, with a discounted rate available for Hackney residents through Hackney Light and Power, the Council’s energy services arm.

“While we’re targeting a 15% reduction in traffic in the borough by 2026, the switch to electric vehicles will help to tackle pollution and create a greener, healthier Hackney”, said Councillor Mete Coban MBE, Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Environment and Transport. “We’ve listened to the views of local people who’d like to see a charger near them and produced this map so people can see where chargers will go as we roll them out in the next few years.”