Brent Council, Zest, and Uber have joined forces in a strategic partnership to introduce 160 new on-street electric vehicle (EV) charging bays across 80 locations in Brent. In an effort to enhance accessibility for individuals without private driveways or home-based charging options, the collaborative initiative aims to facilitate the transition to electric vehicles.
The inaugural on-street charging bay commenced operations last week on West Ella Road, marking the initial step in the broader project. Zest and Uber are jointly funding the venture, with Zest taking responsibility for the long-term operation and maintenance of the charge points. This arrangement ensures that the Council incurs no additional resource overheads.
Councillor Krupa Sheth, Cabinet Member, for Environment, Infrastructure, and Climate Action at Brent Council, said: “In order to reach our target of becoming carbon neutral by 2030, we have to make it as easy as possible for residents to pick transport that is good for the environment – this does just that. We are currently 4th in London by the number of charging points and after this project we will have almost 1,000 electric charging points across Brent.
“Thanks to all the council staff, Zest and Uber who have helped to make this happen and increase our charging points in the borough considerably.”
Robin Heap, CEO of Zest, said: “Mass adoption of electric vehicles, with all the climate and air quality benefits they bring, will only happen when everyone has access to a convenient and reliable charging service. Brent is already an early leader in providing public charging facilities, and we look forward to accelerating charge point availability for residents across the borough.”
Andrew Brem, General Manager of Uber UK, said: “We are delighted to work with Brent Council on this vital project to boost EV infrastructure. Getting the first chargers in the ground is a huge milestone with drivers often telling me that being able to access reliable charging near their homes is critical to their decision to switch to an EV.”
This marks the inaugural collaboration between boroughs and a ride-hailing company in the direct installation of chargers on the streets of London. These chargers will be accessible for use by the general public.