Electric vehicle charging points
London suffers from extremely poor air quality, with emissions of Nitrogen Dioxide (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) breaching legal limits. Tailpipe emissions from diesel and petrol vehicles account for a significant proportion of these emissions. In Southwark, the whole of the borough is a declared Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) and we are legally required under the Environment Act 1995 to prepare and implement measures to address this issue. One such measure is encouraging the uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles and installing the charging infrastructure required. This is supported by the borough and Mayor at a pan-London level.
To find a charging point near you visit the ZapMap website which collects all the existing charging points in the UK:
Find a charging point near you
Charging points for residents without off-street parking
To overcome some of the potential barriers to purchasing electric vehicles, especially for residents without access to off-street parking, the council is installing electric vehicle charging points into street lights. This light infrastructure would enable residents to pay for, and directly charge their electric car from lamp columns located on the kerbside. This is cheaper, quicker and easier to roll out with less impact on the streetscape than conventional electric vehicle charge points.
The charging points installed are delivered through the Go Ultra Low City Scheme (GULCS) project, which is managed by London Councils, Mayor of London and Transport for London on behalf of the Office of Low Emission Vehicles.
Request a lamp post charging point
If you wish the council to consider the suitability of your street for a lamp post charger please complete the form below:
Frequently asked questions
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Page last updated: 28 February 2023