New electric vehicle (EV) chargers have been installed for Croydon Council by Liberty Charge as part of the council’s aims of installing 400 chargepoints by the end of 2022.
This latest tranche of on-street chargers includes 44 rapid chargers, which are operated and maintained by Liberty Charge as part of the government-funded Virgin Park and Charge scheme.
Locations for the chargepoints were largely driven by resident requests, with this then supported by Liberty Charge’s data, which informs on factors such as density of EV ownership, site pavement widths and technical elements of on-street installation.
Liberty Charge network optimisation figures for Croydon show usage has almost doubled between December 2021 and January 2021.
There are 152 chargepoints live, equivalent to over a third of the council’s target.
Neil Isaacson, CEO of Liberty Charge, said: “For the 11 million households in the UK without a driveway or access to off-street charging, the public need to see that charging infrastructure is accessible and convenient before they feel ready to opt for an EV, but councils also need to see the demand to justify a mass rollout.”
This is one of several local authority EV chargepoint rollouts from Liberty Charge, with the company having also recently announced the installation of chargepoints across 35 sites for Wandsworth Council, as well as 82 residential on-street charging sockets in Northamptonshire for two local councils.
Liberty Charge is a joint venture between Liberty Global and Zouk Capital, utilising Virgin Media’s existing infrastructure for the chargepoints, with Virgin Media owned by Liberty Global.
It announced it would be rolling out 80 EV chargepoints in Croydon last year, spread across 32 different sites in the borough.