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Our commitment to electric vehicles

While we don’t believe electric vehicles will resolve London’s congestion issues, we do see them as part of the solution to London’s transport and air quality issues. A small but significant percentage of people in Hackney will continue to drive their own private vehicle whether through choice or need, and electric vehicles enable them to do so without contributing to the serious air quality problems in many areas of the borough.

Air pollution levels in London exceed legal and World Health Organisation (WHO) limits for NO2, and WHO limits for particulate matter. In 2010, for example, these pollutants caused a range of health problems in the capital that are estimated to have shortened lives by a total of 140,173 years – the equivalent of up to 9,400 deaths, and representing an economic cost of up to £3.7 billion.

The principal cause of air pollution in London is road transport and, within that, diesel vehicles. Nearly 40 per cent of all NOx emissions within London come from diesel vehicles.

Mayor of London’s ultra low emissions delivery plan

The Council supports the principles of the Mayor of London’s ultra low emissions vehicle delivery plan and works in partnership to help achieve its targets. We’re particularly supportive of the 50 per cent ultra-low emission vehicles target in London car club fleets by 2025, which matches our own target.

Go Ultra Low city scheme

In 2016, London was announced as one of the winners of the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) Go Ultra Low city scheme and was awarded £13m funding to drive the uptake of ultra low emission vehicles for from 2016 to 2020. The London bid includes:

  • creating EV charging infrastructure in residential areas (£5.2m)
  • retrofitting EV charging infrastructure at car club bays (£2.93m)
  • increasing the number of rapid EV chargers from the approximately 150 in 2018 planned by TfL to approximately 300 in 2020 (£2.6m)
  • implementing local schemes to prioritise and encourage the uptake of ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs), referred to as “Neighbourhoods of the Future” (NoF) in the bid (£2.27m)

​Neighbourhoods of the Future

Hackney is the lead borough for the City Fringe Neighbourhood of the Future (NoF) working in partnership with LB Islington and LB Tower Hamlets. The scheme has committed to delivering at least 6 Electric Streets, which will draw on research Hackney commissioned to look at innovative residential electric vehicle charging options; for example lamp column charging units. The proposal includes EV priority for servicing and delivery, motorbikes, pay and display and residential parking. The City Fringe NoF corresponds with the Low Emission Neighbourhood and Zero Emission Network (business and residential engagement) area and, as the lead borough, the majority of the proposals will be implemented in Hackney.

Electric vehicle charging points

Installation programme

In April 2015, BluePoint London took over the management and operation of the Source London scheme and committed to expanding the network from the 1,400 points to over 6,000 by 2018. To date there are 850 of EV charging points in the Source London network.

Hackney, together with SourceLondon, is expanding its on-street network to create a borough-wide coverage. The aspiration is for all households to be no further than 500 metres from the nearest fast charging point by 2025.

First on street rapid chargers

Hackney was the first borough to install publicly accessible on-street rapid electric vehicle charging points for its residents thanks to a grant from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). These charge points are operated by ChargePoint Services and are located on Reading Lane (near the Hackney Service Centre), on Calvert Avenue and in the Bentley Road Car Park.

How we choose electric charging sites

The criteria for locations to install public charging points include:

  • demand from residents for charging points
  • direct requests via email and known locations of EV owners
  • proximity to key attractors/destinations (e.g. town centres, leisure centres, markets, visitor attractions, hospitals)
  • parking stress on roads in the local area
  • proximity to the strategic road network
  • strategic borough-wide coverage
  • proximity to other shared mobility resources (e.g. car club bays and cycle hire stations)
  • whether the location caters for a mix of residents, visitors and commercial users
  • several technical site-specific requirements such as distance from other electrified street furniture

We also use TfL’s research that identifies possible areas where likely electric vehicle users live and work to guide us.

If you own an electric vehicle, are a member of SourceLondon or you’re thinking about purchasing an electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid, you can suggest a location for a charging point by emailing us at We’ll register your interest to help us determine local demand.

Our fleet

Our current fleet is made up of hire, lease and owned vehicles and emissions from the fleet continue to fall through older vehicle replacement. In August 2011 the Council fleet included seven fully electric vehicles and eight hybrid electric vehicles and all other vehicles are Euro III or above in terms of emission standards. We will continue to expand the number of low emission vehicles in its fleet.

In 2015, the Council was awarded £380,000 of funding from the Mayor of London’s Air Quality Fund (MAQF) to assist with the greening of the fleet. The Greening the Council Fleet project is aimed at rapidly increasing the number of ultra low emission vehicles (including electric vehicles) on the Council’s fleet and is aiming to get staff walking and cycling for Council businesses.

The key aims over 3 years (2016/17-2018/19) are:

  • additional 35 electric vehicles to create a fleet of over 50 electric cars and vans
  • additional 30 bikes and consolidate the bike fleet
  • install 15×7KW and 20× 24volt electric charger on Council sites
  • explore home and estate charging options
  • create a staff travel hierarchy
  • share our experiences with other authorities
Page updated on: 14 June 2019