EV mobility hub goes live in London
A new mobility hub that combines sustainable transport options with community facilities has launched in London.
The site in South Woodford, Redbridge, combines an electric car club bay, a community-led café and an outdoor seating area. It includes a fast EV charger from EB Charging and will have two Renault Zoe electric cars available from Ubeeqo, Europcar Mobility Group’s car sharing brand.
The Redbridge mini hub is the first in the UK to meet the standards set by national shared transport charity shared transport charity Collaborative Mobility UK (CoMoUK), working in collaboration with the London Borough of Redbridge, EB Charging, Ubeeqo and Meristem Design.
Plans are underway for more hubs across the UK, brought forward by a range of organisations, including local authorities, community groups, housing developers and train operating companies.
The hubs won’t follow an identical template but the general concept brings together public transport with shared transport options, such as bike share schemes and car clubs, together with walking and cycling provision and urban realm improvement.
Mobility hubs are already common in Germany and Austria and build on the trend sparked by the coronavirus pandemic for people staying and working more locally, reducing the need to travel unsustainably while helping local businesses to recover.
Richard Dilks, chief executive of CoMoUK, said: “Mobility hubs are increasingly popular worldwide and it’s time for the UK to embrace this idea to improve air quality, decarbonise the transport sector, support more active travel, and revitalise town centres for local communities.”