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Redbridge boosts green travel with new fast EV chargers in partnership with Uber

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Redbridge has unveiled a new series of fast, on-street electric vehicle (EV) chargers in a collaborative project with Uber.

This initiative is seen as a substantial step forward in enhancing the borough's EV charging infrastructure and promoting environmentally friendly travel options.

Redbridge residents now benefit from 34 new 22kw dual fast chargers, strategically placed throughout the borough. These chargers, capable of charging two vehicles simultaneously, effectively offer 68 charging points to the public. This setup ensures that EVs can be charged more rapidly, supporting drivers who need quick charging solutions.

The rollout doesn’t stop here. Plans are underway to install additional chargers, with a target of 174 fast chargers at 87 locations by the end of 2024.

Funding for these fast chargers comes entirely from Uber and Believ, a company selected to manage the installation, operation, and maintenance of these units. The locations for these chargers were chosen based on areas with the highest demand, ensuring optimal usage and convenience for drivers.

This project aligns with Redbridge Council’s broader environmental strategy. By encouraging residents to transition from petrol and diesel vehicles to electric ones, the council aims to tackle one of the largest sources of carbon emissions in the borough: transport. This shift not only reduces the carbon footprint but also improves local air quality, contributing to a healthier, greener Redbridge.

Uber’s involvement extends beyond Redbridge, as it has partnered with two additional boroughs to support the expansion of London’s EV charging infrastructure. By increasing the availability of on-street charging, Uber aims to enhance the convenience for its drivers and other EV users across the capital.

Redbridge Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability, Cllr Jo Blackman, said: “The installation of these new fast chargers in this innovative partnership with Uber and Believ marks another milestone in Redbridge’s commitment to developing the borough’s EV network. With more on-street chargers now available to local people than ever before we hope more people will have the confidence to switch from petrol and diesel, to electric.”

Andrew Brem, General Manager of Uber UK, said: “We are delighted to work with Redbridge Council on this vital project to boost EV infrastructure. Getting these 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.”


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