Electric charging point first for taxis

PUBLISHED: 12:44 14 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:57 15 February 2018

Bromley town centre. Picture: Archant

Bromley town centre. Picture: Archant


The first electric charging point specifically for ultra-low emission taxis is being installed in Bromley town centre.

The charging point, which will be placed in the taxi rank in Elmfield Road, will enable two taxis to charge at once.

The development will make Bromley the second London borough to install this latest charging technology, following Westminster’s introduction of the charging points.

The distance that can be travelled by electric cars, which produce no air pollution emissions and are extremely beneficial in improving air quality, is gradually increasing in battery technology.

The news was confirmed earlier this month at the council’s environment policy development and scrutiny committee meeting, and sites by Orpington Station will follow shortly.

Cllr William Huntington-Thresher said: “We are seeing a revolution in motoring, with electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles becoming a common sight on our roads.

The indications are that this trend will accelerate and we will see more and more residents and visitors wishing to take advantage of the latest technology and driving experience.

“We want to make sure we provide the infrastructure to enable residents to choose electric and hybrid vehicles should they so desire.”

The plans follow work to deliver 20 public vehicle charging points at nine sites across the borough, in partnership with Bluepoint London during the past three years.

The executive councillor for environment added: “We’re mindful that technology can and does change, so we intend to balance charging points with demand across the borough, whilst not restricting residents’ choice of fuel.

“We’re monitoring usage at the installed sites and we expect the costs for EV sites to be borne car users or fuel providers not by council taxpayers”.

Cllr Huntington-Thresher also said that the council are aware that many residents do not have a drive, meaning they would need to charge their vehicle overnight on the street.

He stated that the council are urging anybody who would be in such a situation to get in touch with them.

Further information about the locations of the current electric charging points for all vehicles across the borough is available by visiting


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