New London EV charging infrastructure planned

Facing a potential explosion of electric vehicle numbers in the Capital, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has set out plans to install new charging points.

Currently there are some 20,000 EVs in London but estimates suggest this could hit 330,000 by 2025. Serving these today are 175 rapid charge points, and 1100 lamp-post charging points.

Khan’s plans look at different scenarios and assesses how the new network can be expanded with minimal public subsidy.

It highlights a number of initiatives, including:

– Installing the next generation of ultra-rapid charging points at London petrol stations later this year.

– Delivering five flagship charging hubs, with the ability for multiple cars to quickly be charged in one place. The first of these hubs will be operational in the heart of the Square Mile by the end of the year.

– A new ‘one-stop-shop’ for Londoners to request new charging infrastructure from their local authority in areas of high demand led by London Councils, making it easier for drivers to switch to electric vehicles.

– Expanding electric car clubs and bringing more vehicles to market, offering greater choice to Londoners and businesses.

– New online smart tools to ensure London’s energy grid continues to keep pace with demand and to help unlock private sector investment.

The Mayor wants all vehicles in London to be zero emissions by 2030 – not 2040 as set out by the government.

“To make this vision a reality we must make sure all Londoners have access to the essential infrastructure required to run and maintain an electric vehicle. This is a massive operation and can only be achieved if the public and private sector come together to deliver London’s electric future.”

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