London Borough of Barnet

Council wants to hear from electric car owners

Published Tuesday 13 August 2013

Barnet Council is keen to hear from owners of electric cars about where they would most like charging points to be located in the borough.

The council will use part of a £200,000 grant from the Mayor of London to improve air quality to install four electric charging points. This will give the council an idea of the public demand for more electric charge points in the borough.

Barnet already has six electric charging points provided for by Source London. The charging points are in: High Barnet Station; Waitrose, Whetstone; Waitrose, Finchley; Waitrose, Mill Hill; Brent South Retail Park; Jemca, Edgware Road. Source London is a pan-London network of publicly accessible charge points located at supermarkets, on the street, London Underground and other car parks and other locations all over London.

Customers can register with Source London, pay an annual fee and receive a card in the post which will unlock any of the Source London charge points to charge the vehicle at no additional cost (parking charges may apply).

Barnet Council wants to encourage more environmentally friendly travel and has already committed to supporting electric vehicles in the borough thanks to the adopted Local Plan Core Strategy and Local Implementation Plan (LIP) for the Mayor’s Transport Strategy.

According to the Department for Transport there were 4,132 electric cars registered from 1992 to 2012 and 351 electric cars registered within the Greater London from January 2010 to February 2013.

Barnet Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Dean Cohen, said: “We have already shown a willingness to support electric vehicles in Barnet and over the coming months we will be looking at ways to increase the number of electric charge points if we can.

“Electric cars are becoming more popular around the country, especially in London and we want to make sure that Barnet is ahead of the curve. We are keen to hear from owners of electric cars about where they would most like charging points to be located.”

Motorists are invited to contact Kim Wynne with their suggestions for future locations for electric charging points.

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