We have prepared a draft Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure (EVCI) Strategy for Reading and will be undertaking a public consultation on the strategy. Following feedback through this consultation the EVCI Strategy will be adopted later in the year.
The following 3.6kW charging points are installed in lamp columns on residential streets and are operated by Joju.
The charge points are operated using the Joju Charging app. You can download these from the App Store or Google Play.
There are also fast 22kW charge points operated by Mer available at
These can be used by downloading the Mer App at the App Store or Google Play or by registering on the Mer website.
Other publicly accessible electric vehicle (EV) charging points are available at the following locations in the Reading urban area:
Reading Borough Council is aware that the lack of off-street parking is a barrier to the adoption of EVs for many people in the borough because it means that people are unable to charge their vehicle from home. The Council are developing a strategy to help provide EV charging infrastructure across the borough. In order to identify locations where there is already demand for EV charging infrastructure please suggest an EV charging point here.
While the initial upfront purchase price of an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle can be higher, this is offset by lower running costs over the lifetime of the vehicle. Plug-in cars offer a number of potential savings compared to conventional vehicles including:
A full charge in a pure electric vehicle will give a typical range of over 100 miles and will cost approximately £4-6 if charging at home, and £8-10 if using public charging points. Driving 100 miles in a petrol or diesel car will cost around £13-16 in fuel, which can be three or four times more than the cost of charging the electric car. The cost savings will be most significant when owners charge at home and have access to an off-peak overnight electricity tariff