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Council approves rapid charging points in Harrow car parks and on-street

Harrow Council has greenlit plans to install rapid charging points for electric vehicles (EVs) across council car parks and on-street parking spaces in the borough. The decision, finalised on Thursday, February 15th, aims to meet the rising demand for EV infrastructure.

The introduction of rapid charging points is geared towards providing faster charging options for EV owners, particularly those embarking on longer journeys or requiring quick top-ups. Beyond convenience, this move aligns with Harrow Council’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions and promoting eco-friendly transportation alternatives.

In addition to the rapid charging points, the council is set to roll out 225 EV charging points on lamppost columns, thanks to government funding. Currently, Harrow hosts 30 EV charging points, catering to approximately 3,500 electric vehicles. However, with projections indicating a surge in EV adoption, reaching over 9,500 vehicles by 2026, the expansion of charging infrastructure becomes imperative.

The increasing popularity of electric vehicles reflects broader trends observed across London, signaling a societal shift towards sustainability.

Cllr Anjana Patel, cabinet member for highways, infrastructure and community safety said: “This is a boost for electric vehicle charging in Harrow. Many people and businesses are making decisions about switching to electric vehicles. We know there is a demand, and we’re making it easier to help them to make that transition.

“There’s already a lot of work taking place and I am pleased we are making great progress on our flagship action to roll out EV charging. This includes 225 chargers being installed on residential lamp post this year, and there is more in the pipeline.

“In our wider plans of improving our environment for a cleaner borough, this will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve Harrow’s air quality.”

The council will now explore acquiring a dependable and accessible network of electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the borough.