In 2020 the UK government announced that the end of the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans would be brought forward to 2030. 

The council recognises the need to support residents to switch to EVs and is working with charge point operators to increase the availability of charge points in the borough. 

There are three broad classifications of charge points, based on the power output and charging time:

  • ‘Slow’ chargers (up to 3.6kW) are best for overnight charging for residential streets with limited off-street parking and usually take between 6 and 12 hours to charge.

  • ‘Fast’ chargers cover those with 7kW and 22kW power outputs, which typically charge an electric vehicle in 3-4 hours.

  • ‘Rapid’ chargers (50kw) typically charge an electric vehicle to 80% in around 30 minutes.

To gain an overview of public charging points available in Sutton, please see the zap-map website

Ultra Low Emission (ULEV)  Policy and Action Plan

Electric chargers are available throughout the borough and are increasingly being installed at new sites across the UK on private land, local authority and TfL land.

Our Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) Policy and Action Plan, aims to encourage a shift from more polluting vehicles to electric vehicle (EV) ownership by developing the infrastructure to support EV charging in locations across the borough.

The council aims to revise this policy during 2022.

Lamp column charging points

Sutton has received funding from London Councils’ GULCS (Go Ultra Low Cities Scheme) to install slower, overnight electric vehicle charging infrastructure into lamp columns. Sutton has received 115 charging points. 

The choice of locations for these charging points has been guided by resident responses from the recent Sutton Citizen Space survey undertaken in 2020 and 2021 and from further resident requests provided to the sustainable.transport@sutton.gov.uk inbox. 

The lamp column charging points are managed by Ubitricity and are operated using the Ubitricity or Shell Recharge apps or via a Ubitricty SmartCable. 

Locations of the charging points in Sutton can be found on the Ubitricity interactive map

Guidance on how to use the charging points

Source London charge points 

Source London charge points are currently available in council car parks. These are currently a combination of slow (3kw) and fast (7kw) charge points. 

  • Gibson Road - Three charge points (slow and fast) 
  • Kingsway Road  - One charge point (slow and fast), and passive provision for an additional point 
  • Melbourne Road - Two charge points (slow and fast), and passive provision for a further two 
  • The Square - Two charge points (slow and fast) 
  • Times Square - Three charge points (slow and fast) 
  • Wallington Library - Two charge points (slow and fast), and passive provision for a further two.

You can see these charging points mapped on Source London’s station map

Source London offer both membership and PAYG rates

The council aims to work with Source London in 2022 to increase the number of Source London charge points available in the borough

Rapid charge points

Rapid charge points (50kw/43kw) are also available across the borough. 

  • 35 High Street, Carshalton, SM5 3BB
  • 475-477 and 479-481 London Road, Cheam, SM3 8JW 
  • 528-534 London Road, Cheam, SM3 8HW
  • Gander Public House, St Dunstans Road, Cheam, SM1 2UE 
  • 704 London Road, North Cheam, SM3 9BY 
  • Grove Road, Sutton, SM1 1BT

Two more Rapid charge points were installed late 2020, facilitated by Transport for London. 

  • 151 Central Road, Worcester Park, KT4 8DT
  • 19 London Road, Hackbridge, SM6 7HW 

These rapid charge points are managed by BP pulse

Grants for residents and businesses

There are a number of Government grants that are available to residents and businesses to help with the cost of installing charging points.

Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) - a grant towards the cost of installing a home charging point. From 1st April this scheme will be available to those who live in flats and rental accommodation. 

Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) - a grant towards the cost of installing a charging point at their workplace parking area, for use by employees. 

Please see the Office for Zero Emissions page for more detailed information: 

Grant schemes for electric vehicle charging infrastructure - GOV.UK

There are also grants available to help towards the cost of purchasing plug-in vehicles. Please see the Office for Zero Emissions page for more detailed information: 

Grants for plug-in vehicles - GOV.UK

Charging at home? 

If you have access to an off-street parking space you may be able to install a private home charge point.

If you do not have off-street parking at your property it is important that you do not trail a charging cable from your property over the pavement to your vehicle parked on the road

Such a cable could pose a trip hazard and you could be held liable for any accidents if a pedestrian were to trip on the cable.

Suggest a location for an on-street electric vehicle charge point

If you would like to suggest a location for on-street charge points, please provide the following information to sustainable.transport@sutton.gov.uk.

Please include your home address, including postcode as well as any other relevant information about where you would like an on-street charge point delivered. 

Please also include the below information, deleting where appropriate: 

  • I do not have off-street parking at my property / I have off-street parking at my property
  • I own a fully electric vehicle / I own a plug-in hybrid vehicle / I intend to purchase an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle / I intend to lease an electric or plug-in vehicle / I have been given an electric or plug-in vehicle by my employer
  • I am a taxi or Private Hire Vehicle driver / I am not a taxi or Private Hire Vehicle driver
  • I am a blue badge holder / I am not a blue badge holder.
  • If you are able to provide a current photograph of the suggested location this can also be helpful but not essential. 

Please be advised that the installation of charging points is generally approached in batches, meaning any suggestion will be added to a list and reviewed when we are able to work with a charging point operator to determine if there is a location nearby where a charging point can be delivered. 

As such it is not generally possible to give a specific timeframe for delivery of a specific charging point.