The London Borough of Hounslow declared a climate emergency in 2019. They are taking urgent action to help achieve zero carbon status as soon as possible, including consulting on a draft strategy for electric vehicles.
Although the council is prioritising the delivery of projects that encourage more trips on foot, by bike or public transport, as part of its broader transport strategies, they recognise that this is not possible for every journey. Therefore, the council must deliver the necessary infrastructure to support the increase in cleaner vehicles.
Electric vehicles (EVs) can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve local air quality as they do not emit pollutants such as Nitrogen Dioxide. The borough of Hounslow has declared itself an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA), meaning we are legally required to implement improvement measures.
All new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans are due to be banned from sale by 2030. This requires local authorities to make plans for the infrastructure needed to support the transition to EVs. They are seeking the views of residents and businesses about that infrastructure.
The council has produced a draft Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (EVI) strategy. It sets out how the council will manage the installation of 2,000 additional charge points by May 2026. It details the type of charging points, their proposed distribution across the borough and any necessary supporting measures.
The council is committed to actively engaging with as much of the community and as many key stakeholders as possible to ensure this strategy meets the needs of our residents, businesses and visitors.
Here is more information about Electric Vehicles and the council’s draft strategy.
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