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Electric car drivers say a lack of charging points is slowing switch from petrol and diesel

Camden Council has installed 24 charging points this year, compared to 539 in Westminster and 238 in Kensington and Chelsea.

01 November, 2021 — By Isabelle Stanley

A SHORTAGE of charging points is stopping drivers from making the switch to electric vehicles.

The Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) was expanded this week to include Camden, meaning motorists with older vehicles are facing a £12.50 daily charge.

The aim is to encourage people to take public transport, but for some vulnerable residents this is not possible.

Krishan Nuwan, who lives in Parkhill Road, Belsize Park, said: “My wife is a doctor and if she has a night shift then she can’t go and look for a charging point in the middle of the night – it could be unsafe and sometimes it’s not available.

“If I was to charge a car on my nearest charger it would take 10 hours, and there’s a three-hour max for parking.”

Peter Lyons, who lives in Hartland Road, Chalk Farm, said: “I started looking at electric vehicles, but I found that there’s only one charging point in the street and already two cars that use it. The next nearest one is a seven-minute walk away, which knocks on the head the solution to walking around at night.”

Camden Council has installed 24 charging points this year, compared to 539 in Westminster and 238 in Kensington and Chelsea.

Conservative leader Councillor Oliver Cooper said: “There’s no need to force people who need cars – elderly, disabled people or families – to stop having them.

“They will be left with no choice but to leave the borough. We’ll just be exporting our emissions elsewhere.

“Any stick approach needs to go hand in hand with a carrot. Bringing in the ULEZ, they also need to help people with the charging points.”

A Camden Council spokesperson said: “There are currently 259 lamp column charge points across the borough, 72 fast-charge points and 11 rapid-charge points, and we are planning to install a further 162 fast-charge points over the coming months.”

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