Public charging points for electric cars and vans are being installed across Croydon, as part of the borough’s commitment to greatly increase the number of public charging points by 2022, in a programme continuing to 2025 and the ending of new petrol and diesel cars being sold by 2030.
Map of existing charging points
You can see where the existing public charging points are in Croydon, and across the country, on the Zap Map website.
Suggest a charging point
To suggest a charging point location, go to the Power My Street website. You can see other suggestions on the site and endorse those you support.
Registered private hire vehicle drivers are asked to also email email@example.com, and will be sent details of the offer from Source London for lower cost charging of their cab.
Types of electric vehicle charging points
Charging at home or where the council has provided a bollard connected to a lamp column is typically overnight at 3kW (or up to 5.5kW), and lower cost. Government grants are available on GOV.UK for householders with off-street parking and for businesses.
Destination charging points, often near local shops and on busy local roads, are fast at 7kW, needing 2 to 4 hours top-up charging or 22kW, typically used for an hour. There are eight Source London charging points 7kW chargers on Edridge Road and Tavistock Road and a 22kW charging point on Colson Road, with two sockets. The price is charged by time rather than kWh and includes the value of a parking fee, as these charging points tend to be in more prominent locations. More Source London points are planned for 2021/22, including replacements for some of the older points – installed ten years ago.
When you are parked in a marked “EV only” bay on the street in Croydon you do not have to pay for parking.
In residential areas without off-street parking there are 18 charging bollards connected to lamp posts, with 30 to 40 more due in 2021. Additionally, through a government funded scheme with Virgin Media, up to 30 roads will have 4 charging bays (two dual-head charging points) installed during this year. Further schemes will follow as funding from government commercial companies is achieved.
On main roads such as the Red Route network, TfL has installed rapid charging points. These 50kW chargers take 20 to 40 minutes depending on the car and level of charge. You will find them on London Road and Thornton Road in Thornton Heath, and Godstone Road in Kenley.
For a full guide to electric vehicles and charging, visit the Energy Saving Trust. Note that you do not have to stay with your car while charging, but it does need to be plugged in otherwise you might get a parking ticket. Most of the charge point operators use an App that you can download to a smartphone. It will tell you when your car is fully charged, and most apart from Source London charge you by the kWh not the time. Your car stays connected until you disconnect it Public locations are chosen following requests by residents or businesses or as part of a planning application agreement, and are designed to deliver a borough-wide network of charging points as well as support zero and low emission transport initiatives including improved public transport, car clubs and cycle routes and cycle parking (for secure cycle parking on your road, email firstname.lastname@example.org).
"We are installing these charging points in carefully assessed locations in response to demand, as part of our promotion of the wider use of electric vehicles.
Alongside encouraging and enabling more walking and cycling, electric vehicles will make sustainable journeys across Croydon easier than ever before and are a key part of meeting the growing need and demand for green infrastructure.
We are committed to working with communities to tackle air pollution."
- Councillor Mohammad Ali, cabinet lead for sustainable Croydon