Sustainable Travel

Greener Driving

Greener driving can help reduce emissions and fuel costs. This can take the form of better driving techniques and journey planning or using low emission hybrid or electric vehicles (EVs).

Here, you can find out more and get some tips on greener driving.

Car Clubs

Owning your own car can be expensive and stressful. To avoid the stress and high costs associated with this you could join a car club.

With car clubs you don't have to worry about road tax, insurance, depreciation or maintenance and you can have a car available when you need it; not just sitting in a garage for extended periods. They are a practical and more environmentally-friendly alternative to car ownership.

Car clubs operating in Sutton:

Charging EVs

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.

All publicly available charge points can be found on the zap-map website. 

Lamp column charge points

We are working with Siemens and their partner Ubitricity to install 100 lamp column charge points in 2021. This work is part funded by Sutton and part funded by the Government through the Go Ultra Low Cities (GULCS) project.

These charge points are ‘slow’ charge points (3.6kw), meaning they are best suited for overnight charging for residential streets with limited off-street parking. 

Not all lamp columns are suitable for these charge points. In particular, the lamp columns must be positioned next to the kerb to prevent charging cables causing an obstruction on the pavement. 

Drivers are responsible for ensuring that their charging cables are left in a tidy manner. 

The locations chosen for these charge points relate largely to resident responses to the Sutton Citizen Space electric vehicle consultation undertaken in early 2020 and resident suggestions received via the sustainable.transport@sutton.gov.uk inbox. 
 

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.

The council aims to work with Source London in 2021 to increase the number of Source London charge points available in the borough. 

See the Source London rates page for more information. 

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,  

  • 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

Charging at home? 

If you have access to an off-street parking space you may be able to install a private home charge point and there is financial assistance available to help you with this via the government's Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme.

If you do not have off-street parking 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 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.
     

Further questions? 

If you have any queries relating to Sutton’s electric vehicle plans or policy please contact us at sustainable.transport@sutton.gov.uk