Boris Johnson has announced a £17m spend on charging points for electric cars, in a bid to get Londoners using them more.
This will deliver a network of around 7,500 charging points by spring 2013 with 1,600 charge points to be installed over the next twelve months, to add to the 250 already in place.
The funding comes from from the Department for Transport, Transport for London and a range of other organisations. It gets London close to the Mayor’s target of no Londoner being more than a mile from a charging point by 2015. The total of 7500 charging points are expected to deliver 6000 points at work places, 500 on-street, 330 in public car parks, 50 at Tube stations, 140 in supermarket car parks and 120 for car clubs.
The money has been awarded to a consortium led by TfL including EDF Energy, Enterprise rent-a-car, Europcar, Hertz, London boroughs, NCP, Nissan, Sainsbury’s, Scottish & Southern Energy, Siemens, SMMT, Streetcar, Tesco, Transport for London and Zipcar.
London is ideally suited to becoming an electric vehicle world leader. 90 per cent of car trips in London are less than 10 miles and more than 99 per cent of journeys are within the range of existing or near-market electric vehicles.
The Mayor established the London Electric Vehicle Partnership, in November 2008, has been working to greatly increase the use of electric vehicles in the capital. The partnership includes representatives of the Greater London Authority, the motor and energy industries and the capital’s boroughs, all working to share best practice, co-ordinate activity, and encourage greater funding of the technology. The Mayor published an electric vehicle action plan in May 2009. For more information, visit: www.london.gov.uk/electricvehicles