I am contemplating getting an electric car but noticed that there is a huge lack of charging points in the area around bricklayers arms to tower bridge, elephant and castle, and as far as the Blue. There are hundreds, if not thousands of new homes being built in Bermondsey and a complete lack of on-street charging compared to North of the river or areas east and west of us. As this area has more flats than houses the majority have no access to home charging.
Should Southwark council be stepping up its involvement?
The primary involvement form the council has been to ensure that most of those new flats are subject to Section 108 agreements, which means they have no parking other than disabled spaces and residents cannot apply for a parking permit. Their presence is therefore not a reason to increase facilities for cars.
I was in correspondence with officers and councillors in 2014 when I had an electric car but no points were added. I got rid of the electric car after a year and went back to petrol.
Southwark has masses of unused on street parking even in SE1 and with black cabs going electric, hundreds of cabbies already need to plug them in and on chatting to one recently they have said Southwark is a desert. Installing more points for them would improve spend at local businesses and add 'eyes on the street' in quieter areas. It's a shame no councillors or council departments see the bigger picture here.
The lamp post chargers would provide residents in areas of on street parking with a means to charge vehicles overnight. They have a 3kW output (i.e. the same as a 13 amp domestic supply) so charging takes 5-10 hours. Certainly an encouraging move.
The slightly faster 7kW chargers and 22kW chargers cost more to install. Source London who TfL contracted on street provision therefore charge 7p/min for a 7kW charge, which is around 3x or 4x what it would cost to charge it from a domestic supply. Very few are in Southwark. However grants have been available since 2013 (originally covering 75% of the cost of a bay, up to £7,500) (http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20160811224126/https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/226841/onstreet-rapid-chargepoints-local-authority.pdf) and still are available. There are widespread benefits to encouraging visitors to Southwark and supporting courier vans, private hire cars and black cabs, who all variously rely on street provision of chargers, to invest in electric vehicles.
boroughbloke I don't know, that is why I asked. There was mention of them hooked up to street lights. I have also seen them around town and never noticed any payment method built in to them. Can you enlighten me how it work?