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Bonkers Blog September 2019

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27 September (Part 1) - Bexley Council. Behind the curve

While Bexley retains its position as the least Electric Vehicle (EV) friendly borough in London and its Council dips a toe very gingerly into EV charging with 13 dual headed 7kW units eventually to be dotted about the borough in little used parking spots, other Councils are being far more positive.

Barnet Council has already installed 40 and is pushing on to reach its target of 110.

Across the river in Braintree the Council is right behind a completely new electric refuelling station with 24 much faster (50kW and probably more) charging units and a coffee shop.

Their local newspaper provides a detailed report complete with readers’ comments. Read them if only to be aware of the nonsense spouted on the subject by too many people.

Second hand electric vehicles cannot be sold - I am resisting the temptation to get more for mine than I paid a year ago - and the batteries which typically come with an eight to ten year warranty will be quickly “knackered”.

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Barnet Braintree

Braintree is not the first but maybe it will be the best equipped. Milton Keynes has had one for more than a year and there are several in Scotland

Greenwich Council has installed a network of EV charging points but insists that you register with the Council via a web form and wait for acceptance before being able to use their facilities.

That is a fat lot of use if you run short of power on your journey home and is a huge disincentive to EV take up. At least Bexley Council has not been that silly.


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