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Barnet Council aims to become electric vehicle charging hub

Barnet Council will install more than 1,000 electric vehicle (EV) on-street charging points across the borough as it launches new climate initiatives.

The council received more than £5million in funding from the Office for Zero Emissions Vehicles’ On-Street Residential Charge Point Scheme (ORCS).

There will be 1,293 EV charge points installed across Barnet and is expected to be completed by next year.

Councillor Alan Schneiderman, Barnet’s environment and climate change committee chair, said: “By hosting one of the capital’s largest public charge points programme we’re removing the anxiety that can come with owning an electrical vehicle, giving confidence to our drivers that they’ll never be far from somewhere to plug in.”

Barnet is the latest council to install EV points and forms part of Transport for London’s greater infrastructure plan.

The plan was announced in 2021 and focuses on removing barriers to implement EV infrastructure and explores how the private and public sector can do more.

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, said at the time: “I’m in no doubt that the shift to electric vehicles is imperative to cleaning up our air and bringing down harmful emissions.

“The gravity of the threats we face from the climate crisis and toxic air pollution demand that we now redouble our efforts and go even further, even faster.”

The council has already installed almost 800 public charge points, bringing its new total to nearly 2,000.

The funding will see 500 lamp column charge points planted as well as up to 793 non-lamp column residential charge points in 64 locations around the borough.

Schneiderman added: “Steering our way to a more sustainable transport infrastructure shows how we’re caring for people, our places and the planet.”

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