An agreement between Source London and Source East is promising to put an electric charge point within 25 miles of every business and resident in the East of England over the next year or so.
The venture already brings together 940 charge points throughout London and the East of England for use by the two organisations’ members free of charge.
Source London, a consortium of 50 public and private partners has 810 charge points throughout the capital with plans to increase that to 1300 in 2013. Source East covers the East of England region and includes the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Essex together with Peterborough, Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, Luton, Thurrock and Southend.
Currently with 132 charge points, Source East aspires to have 800 publicly accessible charge points – one within 25 miles of all businesses and residents in the Eastern counties. It believes this will help to overcome one of the key obstacles to the take-up of electric veicles: range fear.
London’s electric vehicle charge point network is already the UK’s largest, and by 2013 will be one of the world’s largest urban charging networks. London also has the highest proportion of electric vehicles in the UK – almost 16% – and confidence is high that this will remain the case as the market develops.
The East of England, in contrast, is a relatively rural region, but with high levels of car ownership and usage. Source East is confident the collaboration with Source London will strengthen and encourage the adoption of electric vehicles in the region.
In less than 18 months, the Source London consortium has grown from 21 public and private partners to 50, with 810 charge points located across 200 sites throughout the capital at supermarkets, shopping centres, council and private car parks, the Olympic Park, hospitals and on the street.
Encouraging more electric vehicles is part of the Mayor’s commitment to making London the electric vehicle capital of Europe, delivering cleaner air and reducing CO2 emissions for all Londoners.
If you’re not in the East or South East of England, check out the charging points map on our web site to see where your nearest point is.