Electric vehicle charging points

Car parked next to an electric charging point

Electric vehicle charging points

Electric vehicles  

Waltham Forest is dedicated to enabling people to convert to zero emission vehicles to help reduce transport related emissions and to promote more sustainable forms of transport.

Electric Vehicles (EVs) have no tailpipe emissions and therefore can contribute significantly to improving air quality. Air pollution has been described a ‘public health emergency’ by the World Health Organisation and the principal cause in London is road transport.

Residents and businesses are already requesting this infrastructure and we have developed an Electric Vehicle Charging Point strategy to meet these requests.

Please tell us whether you’d like to see more charging points in your area by completing the following survey.

Location of points​

The location of charging points currently in Waltham Forest can be found on the Waltham Forest Living Map and on Zap Map.

New charging points launched in March 2021

Ten new electric vehicle charging points have installed across the borough in March 2021. Thanks to Liberty Global’s Virgin Media Park and Charge project and funding, Waltham Forest Council has expanded our network of electric vehicle charging points.

The ten new charging points are fast dual-socket charging points operated by BMM Networks as part of their EV Dot network. For more information on how to use the charging point and the EV Dot Network, including charge point locations and pricing, please download the EV Dot driver app from Google Play or the App Store, or visit the EV Dot website

The Council has now installed 206 public electric vehicle charging sockets in Waltham Forest. This includes 10 22kW dual-socket charging points, 31 7kW dual-socket charging points, 120 residential lamp column charging points and four 50kW+ rapid charging points.

Get involved

Please tell us whether you’d like to see more charging points in your area by completing the following survey.

This survey will help us to get a better understanding of the demand for charge points throughout the borough. This will help us to plan the next charging locations and help to demonstrate demand when seeking funding.

BP pulse network

There are currently 31 dual-socket 7kW fast charging points in Waltham Forest that are operated by the bp pulse network. Installed by BP Chargemaster, bp pulse is one of the UK's largest charging networks with over 8,000 charging points.

Users will be able to charge their vehicles by using a simple RFID card with a monthly payment, or on a pay-as-you-go basis via the bp pulse app.

Ubitricity Network

There are currently 120 single-socket slow residential charging points in Waltham Forest that are operated by ubitricity. The lamp column charging points do not have dedicated EV only parking bays so users need to comply with local parking controls, including controlled parking zones. The Council has installed multiple charging points at each location to ensure a point is available.

The lamp column charging points can be used with an ubitricity smart cable or other metered charging cables. It is the user’s responsibility to ensure that their cable is used safely at all times and does not cause any obstructions or trip hazards on the footway.

For more information of the charging points and which cables are compliant please visit the ubitricity website.

EV Dot Network

Waltham Forest Council has worked with BMM Networks to install 10 fast charging points via their EV Dot Network. These free-standing charge points are 22kW and a typical charge takes around three to four hours. Charging times vary depending on the capacity of the vehicle and the charging capacity of the charging cable.

For more information on how to use the charging point and the EV Dot Network, including charge point locations and pricing, please download the EV Dot driver app from Google Play or the App Store, or visit the EV Dot website.

Cost to use charging points

Charges for electricity at electric vehicle charging points vary; some are still free but the newer charging points will charge according to their network. Electric vehicles are, however, still considerably cheaper to run than petrol or diesel vehicles.

How to use them

Electric vehicle drivers who are members of the Polar Network (operated by Chargemaster) or Source London and hold a valid access tag and cable can charge their vehicles, often for free, although parking charges may apply.

Source London members are charged a flat fee membership. Any vehicle that is licensed with the DVLA as a pure electric or a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle can join the scheme. This includes motorbikes, cars, vans, trucks and scooters.

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The introduction of Electric Vehicles supports many of the Council’s policy objectives including the new Air Quality Action Plan and the Sustainable Community Strategy. It also meets the Mayor of London’s aims under his Air Quality Management Strategy.

There is a clear need for charging points - data shows that over 550 electric vehicles are registered in the borough and TfL’s delivery plan predicts that this could increase to 6,500 by 2025. The Mayor has also pledged that almost all cars and vans are to be zero emission by 2050. As the majority of homes in the borough do not have access to off-street parking, a substantial number of on-street electric charging points are required to support this uptake. We have developed an Electric Vehicle Charging Point strategy to meet these requests.

Waltham Forest recognises that EVs are not the only solution, and they still produce some air pollutants caused by brake-wear. Therefore the rollout of EV charging points forms part of a wider move towards more sustainable transport.

Benefits

The benefits of electric vehicles include:

  • Cleaner – improving air quality and reducing local air pollution for example NO2 and particulates. Some 63% of NO2 in London and 52% of particulates come from transport.
  • Quieter – minimal engine and transmission noise.
  • Climate change - Transport is responsible for 21% of CO2 emissions in London about three-quarters of which come from road transport. If electric vehicles were powered by renewably sourced/green tariff electricity then electric vehicles will help combat climate change.
  • Energy security – reduces dependence on imported oil.

More information can be found on the energy saving trust website 

Government funding

The government is currently offering a plug-in vehicle grant which is available through car dealerships and manufacturers. More information can be found on GOV.UK

If you have off-street parking at your home then you may be eligible for government funding to install a charging point. There is also government funding available to support installation of electric vehicle charging points at workplaces. More information can be found on GOV.UK