London has dangerous levels of air pollution which impact our health and contributes to climate change.The majority of pollution in London comes from road transport.
Replacing petrol and diesel vehicles with electric vehicles (EVs) will help to improve local air quality by reducing harmful emissions such as nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide.
We are supporting Islington residents switching to electric vehicles providing an on-street charging infrastructure. We acknowledge the majority of residents in Islington lack off-street parking, and cannot charge an EV at home.
Despite their environmental benefits, EVs are still motorised vehicles which contribute to road congestion and road safety issues. Therefore, public and active transport (e.g. walking and cycling) remain the Council’s top transport priority.
How we identify charging locations
The process we follow depends on the network operator and type of charging point. When investigating locations for new charging points, there are a wide range of matters to consider such as:
- Electricity and BT availability
- Parking restrictions
- Footway clearance widths
- Heritage restrictions
- Local demand
Electric vehicles receive the cheapest residential parking permits. This is because they produce less air pollution though pollutants from tyres and manufacture and disposal of the battery mean we have raised permit prices for electric vehicles from 1 February 2023.
Business parking permits are also cheaper for electric vehicles.
Electric Vehicles in short stay parking bays
As part of our commitment to a net zero carbon strategy, we continue to incentivise the use of electric vehicles over internal combustion engines.
As we look to encourage more active travel methods, such as walking and cycling, the concessionary rate for electric vehicles will rise to £2 from January 2023.
Simply select the time period you wish to park for and the system will charge you up to the concessionary rate. Maximum stay and the 'no return within one hour' rules still apply (check signs). The concessionary rate does not apply during additional match day hours.
Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ)
The Ultra Low Emission Zone now covers all areas within the North and South Circular Roads, which covers all of Islington. Check through TfL whether your vehicle meets the standards.
Time it takes to charge an electric vehicle
- The time it takes to recharge an EV depends on various factors such as:
- the power output of the charging point
- the size of the EV battery
A typical EV can be recharged in approximately one hour from a 50kW charger or roughly four hours from a 7kW charger.