Electric vehicle (EV) charge point infrastructure is set to further expand in Waltham Forest with 48 new charge points being installed in the borough, amounting to 94 sockets, owned and operated by Believ formerly Liberty Charge and installed via its delivery partner, Virgin Media O2.
The installations consolidate Waltham Forest’s commitment to addressing climate change on a local level, reducing CO₂ emissions and promoting its sustainable transport strategy, as well as encouraging residents to transition to low and no emission vehicles. Following installations in 2021 and 2022, there are now 207 Believ sockets in the council’s area of remit.
As outlined in its EV Charge Point Strategy, Waltham Forest Council plans to have a charge point in every controlled parking zone in the borough by 2025. It is also preparing for increased use of eCar-Clubs as the Council seeks to invest in initiatives that provide further avenues for affordable and sustainable car usage.
Cllr Clyde Loakes, Waltham Forest Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Climate and Air Quality, says limiting carbon emissions at a local level makes a global impact in relation to tackling climate change: “With the 2030 deadline around the corner and with EVs becoming more accessible, our focus must be on promoting and facilitating their use, now and in the future.”
“Believ’s fully funded model is a huge advantage to us as a local authority,” Cllr Loakes adds. “It means we can bypass government funding and make charge points available for resident use quicker – and at no cost to us or the taxpayer. Visibility of a public charge point network is essential to help encourage EV adoption.”
Believ CEO Perran Moon says he is thrilled to see Waltham Forest Council’s network grow:
“Across the UK generally, the progress towards the 2030 target of 300,000 charge points is not fast enough, so it is very encouraging to see a local authority making such good headway in their EV strategy.”
Believ is a specialist in delivering charge point infrastructure at zero-cost to local authorities, taking full responsibility for maintenance and operations of charge points without requiring any local taxpayer support.
The sites have been installed across the council and can be found on the following streets:
|Essex Road South||E11|
|Grosvenor Rise East||E17|
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