Kingston Council (RBK) have announced a deal they say will provide "up to" 100 new charging points for electric vehicles (EVs) in the borough.

On Friday (January 31), a spokesperson for the borough council revealed that a deal between RBK and EV charge point supply network, Source London, had been struck, without costing the council any money.

"The agreement is part of plans to encourage more sustainable forms of transport," the spokesperson said.

"The partnership will see EV charge point supply network, Source London, install the additional points throughout the borough at no cost to the council.

"There are currently 13 council-provided EV charging points at 10 sites across Kingston which will be reviewed and re-provided as part of the contract with Source London," they added.

RBK declared a climate emergency situation last year and have pledged to become carbon neutral by 2038.

Surrey Comet: Image via Source LondonImage via Source London

The council held its first-ever Citizens’ Assembly on improving air quality over two weekends in November 2019, where randomly chosen residents were asked to become assembly members and consider how to improve the air quality in the borough.

The results are due to be presented on February 11.

Councillor Hilary Gander, Portfolio Holder with responsibility for Environment and Sustainable Transport, described the deal as "great news" for the borough.

"This is great news for Kingston. A key part of our pledge as a council is to reduce our carbon footprint and this is a big step in order to do just that.

"I want to thank our sustainable transport team who have worked incredibly hard in order to make this happen, and we’re very excited for what this can do for our borough.

"By installing these charging points, we are committing to providing residents with the option of choosing a more sustainable method of transport as we work together towards achieving a cleaner, greener Kingston," she said.

As the plans for installing the new charging points are finalized, RBK said they hope to get feedback from residents and businesses about where they should go.

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