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Complete guide to the Liberty Charge network

New addition to the UK charging landscape promises 500 on-street points in London and Northamptonshire by the end of 2021

Liberty Charge

Liberty Charge is the latest electric-car charging-point operator to join the UK market. Unlike some of the established big names in the industry, such as BP Pulse, InstaVolt and Osprey, it isn't focusing on rapid-charging points for quick top-ups near to main roads on motorways.

Instead – in similar fashion to Connected Kerb and Char.gy – it's partnering with local authorities to install slower on-street charging points in residential areas, making electric-car ownership easier for residents without off-street parking by allowing them to charge an electric car close to where they live overnight. The company takes on the ownership and costs of running and maintaining the charging points, as well as the supporting electricity infrastructure that they depend on.

According to the company, there are currently about 5,700 on-street charge points across the UK, but only 1,000 of those are to be found outside London. Liberty Charge's rollout aims to help meet one of the Government’s net zero goals of installing more than 120,000 electric-car charging points by 2025.

Liberty Charge launched as an operator in October 2021 and its initial rollout of 500 individual charging points includes the London boroughs of Croydon, Hammersmith & Fulham and Wandsworth, as well as West and North Northamptonshire Councils in the East Midlands.

Drivers wishing to use Liberty Charge points can view currently active locations and sign up for account by heading to the company's map at dp.libertycharge.com/findCharger or downloading its smartphone app.

The company is currently offering pay-as-you-go pricing only, and the rate for the majority of points is currently set at 30p per kWh of energy used. Between 8:00am and 6:30pm, an overstay fee is applicable if you occupy a Liberty Charge point for more than four hours.

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