The thirty-six electric vehicle charging points in Lewisham could double in number by the end of the year, according to the council.

Most of the charging points were bought by the council using funding from TfL, with 15 extra locations billed, a spokesperson for the council said.

The spokesperson told News Shopper: “We’re currently working in partnership with Source London on the next phase of charging points, which will see up to a further 15 locations (with two to three points per location) implemented by the end of this year – subject to consultation.

“There are also a number of additional charging points on private land, eg. in supermarkets.”

During the first three months of 2018, the charging points were used 534 times across the 36 points by 100 different users, the spokesperson said.

The council has access to grants to cover future costs of the charging points but may have to match funding, the spokesperson said.

This was for a charging model which would see the council paying for the installation costs, but then receiving a larger share of the ongoing revenue.

The spokesperson said the council had received 36 requests for new on-street charging points, and was discussing plans for expansion.

“We will be consulting on a draft Electric Vehicle Charging Point strategy this summer, which will set out how we intend to expand provision over the next four years. We’re in the process of discussion our expansion plans with a number of providers,” the council spokesperson added.