Electric vehicles

Hillingdon has several accessible electric vehicle charging posts.

In 2020, the council declared a climate emergency in response to the overwhelming evidence that greenhouse gas emissions are leading to dangerous levels of global warming. The council is committed to a vision of becoming the greenest London borough, protecting and improving the environment, and providing a better future for future generations. As part of this declaration, the council determined to achieve 'net zero' carbon emissions across the borough by early 2030 and ensuring that we do our part to limit the effects of climate change. 

In order to meet its obligations to tackle climate change and improve local air quality, the council actively encourages the use of electric vehicles (EVs) to help achieve these targets.

EV Charging Strategy

The council is aware that the existing electric vehicle charging infrastructure currently active within the borough will not be sufficient to serve the growing number of electric vehicles that is predicted in the future. As the demand for EVs continues to increase, the council is committed to meeting the needs of its residents and visitors who own or plan to purchase electric vehicles, expansion of the EV charging infrastructure will make a significant contribution towards reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality.

To meet future demand, In July 2023, the council approved its borough-wide Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy (PDF) [686KB] to ensure that residents have easy access to charging points. The Hillingdon EV strategy has outlined short, medium, and long-term EV infrastructure implementation plans based on overall demand. 

Further information detailing the strategy will be added in the coming weeks.

Where can I find a charge point?

Current EV chargepoint (EVCP) locations throughout the borough can be found at Zap Map.

Find your nearest EV chargepoint

How can you charge your vehicle at home

You can only charge your electric vehicle on your own driveway, or on someone else's land if you have their permission. You can have a home charge point installed at your home to charge an electric vehicle. However, you cannot install your own charge point on the pavement or lamp columns outside your home. Only the council can install equipment on the pavement or the street. 

The council does not permit any cable to be placed across the public highway, even if covered or inserted into a gully; as it represents a health and safety hazard, and an impediment to the safe use of the highway by the visually and/or mobility impaired, or other affected user groups. Under the Highways Act 1980 action may be taken to remove cables that are deemed unsuitable or unsafe. This method of on-street EV charging is therefore not considered a suitable approach for residents without off-street parking provisions to charge their EV on-street.

Page last updated: 08 Aug 2023