Transport for London has put four electric vehicles on the road as part of Mayor Boris Johnson’s ambitious plans to make the city the electric vehicle capital of Europe.
The four new Mitsubishi cars, part funded by the government’s Low Carbon Procurement Partnership, are the first of 1,000 electric vehicles that Johnson wants to deploy over the next few years.
The cars have a top speed of 81 mph, a range of 80 miles and take six hours to charge with a conventional charger.
Johnson said: “We are doing all we can to make it as easy as possible for Londoners to choose electric. By opting for these vehicles in our own fleets, we are helping to stimulate demand and show off their benefits, including considerably cheaper running costs.”
By the end of this year, Transport for London will have up to 10 electric vehicles in its fleet. Also 1,600 charge points will be installed across the capital, with this number rising to 7,500 by 2013 and 25,000 by 2015.
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