Transport for London (TfL) has announced the list of suppliers who will provide rapid charging points across the conurbation that are being put in place to encourage the uptake of EVs in the Greater London area.
Centrica Consortium, BluepointLondon, Chargemaster, Electricity Supply Board (ESB) and Fastned will fund, maintain, operate and install the network.
In a statement, TfL said: “The operators will move quickly to install the charge points, with the first being operational within a matter of months. They will power vehicles in close to 30 minutes, compared with the three to four hours when using a standard unit. The initial aim is to see 75 charging points in the ground by the end of this year, with the network growing to 150 by the end of 2018 and 300 fully functioning by 2020.
“TfL is working with the boroughs and investing £18million to unlock potential sites, including upgrading the power supply. Strategic hubs are also being evaluated on arterial roads, owned and maintained by TfL, and on private land, including Heathrow Airport and multiple Shell service stations. These are off-road locations that have potential to house a number of rapid charge points.”
Ben Plowden, TfL’s Director of Surface Strategy and Planning, said: “Urgent action needs to be taken to clean up London’s toxic air and rid the Capital of the most polluting vehicles. An extensive rapid charging network is fundamental in helping drivers make the shift from fossil fuels to electric. This is particularly important for the taxi and private hire trades and the fleet and freight sector, which over the next few years will be looking to dramatically increase the number of journeys made with zero-exhaust emissions.”
EV drivers will be able to pay for their electricity at the charge point using their credit or debit card. Unlike many London-centric schemes there will not be a membership scheme. The scheme is integrated and drivers will be able to use any charging point for no extra cost, ensuring that there is no competition via equipment or otherwise to use specific points.
Shirley Rodrigues, Deputy Mayor for Environment, said: “This investment in London’s infrastructure is great news for the Capital. It will help to shape a new competitive market for rapid charging points, preparing for new taxis as we look to phase out diesel and make the move towards ultra-low emission vehicles to help clean up London’s toxic air.”
Cllr Julian Bell, Chair of London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee, said: “We welcome this next step to provide rapid electric vehicle charging points in the capital, which play an important role for business users of electric vehicles in particular. We look forward to seeing these rolled out across all boroughs in the coming months and years.”
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