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Southwark introduces new charging points for electric vehicles in a bid to boost take up of clean cars

A new 'smart' system for charging your electric vehicles has been unveiled to encourage more people to make the move to cleaner cars.

'Smart' charging system for electric cars Credit: PA

The kerbside charging technology has been introduced initially in Southwark.

It includes small on-street hubs called 'armadillos' as well as 'geckos' which are attached to existing bollards.

Connect to the Kerb, the company behind the system, said the new technology includes parking sensors to let people know where a bay is free.

The charging points also offer contactless payments, internet connectivity and a stop or start charging facility which you can control through an app on your phone.

Electric car Credit: PA

The technology comes as the Government sets out plans to end sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040.

Councils are currently grappling with the need to provide on street charging for people living in town and cities who do not have their own driveway where they can plug in their electric cars.

The new 'armadillo' units in Southwark are designed to allow residents who do not have off street parking to charge their cars slowly, for example overnight.

Although there is the capacity for a faster boost as well.

We estimate 70% to 80% in urban residential areas don't have off-street parking and don't have the ability to install their own charge point. The burden of responsibility falls on councils or private sector to provide the infrastructure to enable the electric vehicle transition.

We're using existing street furniture and implementing new robust infrastructure as well.

– Paul Ayres, Chief Operating Officer

Connected Kerb technology hopes to roll out this new technology across other London boroughs.