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The investment will see more than 1,000 EV charging points deployed across 29 London boroughs from next year, building on the 1,500-strong network already installed.
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, together with London Councils and Transport for London (TfL), is granting an additional £4 million to install electric vehicle (EV) charging points in residential areas across the capital.
The investment will see more than 1,000 charging points deployed in 29 boroughs from next year.
This will build on work that has already seen 1,500 charging points installed to help Londoners without access to off-street parking, using solutions such as retrofitting lamp posts.
The £4 million allocated to boroughs is part of a £13 million award London received from the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles’ Go Ultra Low City Scheme.
The programme seeks to increase electric vehicle use and tackle the twin challenges of air pollution and the climate emergency. It supports the mayor’s overarching goal to ensure 80 per cent of journeys are made by public transport, walking or cycling by 2041.
Compared to the rest of the UK, London claims it is leading in electric vehicle infrastructure with a quarter of all charge points found in the capital.
“We know that a comprehensive network of charging points is essential if we are to persuade drivers to ditch polluting diesel vehicles and swap them for electric alternatives,” said Christina Calderato, head of transport strategy and planning, TfL.
“For those that need to charge up in 20-30 minutes, London is one of the leading world cities for rapid charge points.”
From 28 December 2019, London’s EV users can access a charging hub in Stratford, allowing six vehicles at a time to rapid-charge. The new hub – with grant funding from TfL and operated by EV charging network provider Engenie – is the first of five planned across the capital as part of London’s electric EV infrastructure plan.
“We know that a comprehensive network of charging points is essential if we are to persuade drivers to ditch polluting diesel vehicles and swap them for electric alternatives.”
The six 50kW rapid chargers provide connectors that are accessible to electric vehicle drivers, including taxis, allowing them to pay for charging with a contactless card or smartphone, with no registration or membership required.
Transport for London reports it has hit its target of 225 rapid charging points across the capital before the end of 2019, exceeding cities such as New York and Paris.
London’s rapid-charge network totals more than 300 points following collaboration between the public and private sector, with some points dedicated exclusively for almost 3,000 electric taxis currently on the road.
“I want to help people switch to public transport, walking and cycling and want all new cars and vans in London to be zero-emission by 2030, not 2040 as the Government is proposing,” added Khan.
“[This] announcement will help us to continue to work together with London boroughs and the private sector to deliver a major expansion in charging infrastructure and an electric vehicle revolution in the capital.”
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