The installation of 1,300 charging points for electric vehicles in London began today. The Source London network of charging points comes as a result of a deal set up between Transport for London and Siemens.
The Mayor of London aims to have the charging points in place by 2013 and at 1,300, would be more than the number of petrol stations in London.
Mayor Boris Johnson said: “One of the biggest hurdles to greater use of electric vehicles has been a lack of charging points. By giving increasing numbers of drivers the confidence in electric vehicle technology we will make a considerable contribution to improving our air quality and cutting carbon emissions.”
The introduction of charging points has coincided with the Government’s £5,000 grant scheme for electric vehicles.
Siemens will operate the management of the network and registration for drivers to use Source London. Membership of the scheme will cost £100 per year and charging will then be free at the point of use.
Ralph Griewing, Head of Siemens Worldwide Electromobility Business, said: “Siemens recognises the importance of the Source London scheme to the adoption of electric vehicles nationally. By developing both the processes and technology and combining this with our understanding of London as a mega city, Siemens is looking forward to working with TFL to deliver the significant benefits that electric vehicles offer in terms of air quality and environmental improvement, integrated mobility and greener energy supply.”