The first on-street electric vehicle (EV) charging bays as part of a collaboration with Uber and charge point provider Zest have been launched in Brent.

Brent Council said it is the first time a borough has worked with a ride-hailing company to directly install chargers in London.

Both Uber and Zest are funding the project, which will see 160 charging bays installed at 80 locations across the borough. Zest will operate the service and maintain the charge points in the long term.

The first charging bays were launched at 10 locations last week. Each location will have two charging sockets.

Brent’s cabinet member for environment, infrastructure, and climate action, Krupa Sheth, said: ‘In order to reach our target of becoming carbon neutral by 2030, we have to make it as easy as possible for residents to pick transport that is good for the environment – this does just that.

‘We are currently fourth in London by the number of charging points and after this project we will have almost 1,000 electric charging points across Brent.’

Zest CEO Robin Heap said: ‘Mass adoption of electric vehicles, with all the climate and air quality benefits they bring, will only happen when everyone has access to a convenient and reliable charging service.’

Uber UK general manager Andrew Brem added: ‘Getting the first chargers in the ground is a huge milestone with drivers often telling me that being able to access reliable charging near their homes is critical to their decision to switch to an EV.’

Redbridge London Borough Council recently also announced a partnership with Uber to boost its EV network.

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