Source London, the capital’s electric vehicle charge point network and membership scheme, has now met the Mayor of London’s commitment to provide 1,300 publicly accessible charging points.
Since its launch two years ago, 1,300 charging points have been installed by a consortium of over 60 public and private partners, led by Transport for London (TfL), at over 300 sites in the capital.
These include supermarkets, shopping centres, council and private car parks, hospitals and on the street – and make it Europe’s largest urban charging network.
The electric vehicle market in London is now sufficiently mature to mean that there are private sector companies who are well positioned to invest in electric vehicle charging in the capital and to successfully expand the scheme even further.
Matthew Pencharz, environment and political advisor to the Mayor of London, said: “The Mayor’s plans to make London the electric vehicle capital of Europe have been given a flying start with the installation of charging points across the city through Source London.
“The scheme has made big strides in supporting the capital’s electric vehicle revolution, which is helping to improve air quality, reduce carbon emissions and deliver jobs and growth.
“Earlier this year, the Mayor announced his intention to create the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London which would provide a major incentive for the mass take-up of zero and low emission vehicles.
“This is testament to his ongoing commitment to encourage 100,000 electric vehicles on to the capital’s streets as soon as possible.”
John Mason, TfL director for Source London, said: “By establishing Source London, we and the Mayor have given a major boost to the emerging electric vehicle industry in the capital and are delighted to have 1,300 charging points in place.
“We continue to support a range of initiatives aimed at increasing the take-up of electric vehicles, including the Plugged-in Fleets Initiative which encourages businesses to explore the viability of using electric vehicles in their fleets.
“TfL is also planning a trial of two electric buses which will be the first time a vehicle of this type has been used to carry passengers in the capital.”