London’s electric car charging network gets switch-on date

London Mayor Boris Johnson has announced that the city’s electric vehicle charging network, Source London, will launch next Spring. Source London will see 1,300 public charging points installed across the […]

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By Kelvin Ross

London Mayor Boris Johnson has announced that the city’s electric vehicle charging network, Source London, will launch next Spring.

Source London will see 1,300 public charging points installed across the capital. Drivers would join the network for an annual fee – currently said to be less than £100 – and in turn would be able to power-up their vehicles at any of the charging points.

Currently, electric vehicle drivers have to register with each borough in which they want to use charge points.

Mr Johnson has recently reaffirmed a 100% discount from the congestion charge for electric drivers in London, as well as other low emission vehicles, which offers electric vehicle owners using the zone a potential saving of more than £2,000 a year.

Mr Johnson said: “Already there are more electric drivers in London than anywhere else in the UK, but we are now entering an incredibly exciting period in electric motoring.

“By opting for electric in greater numbers, Londoners will also help to cut pollution levels and improve the city’s quality of living. Through the development of Source London, we are seeking to create the fertile conditions for electric vehicles to flourish to make our city the electric driving capital of Europe.”

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said: “We recognise that for many people the car is an essential, not a luxury, and that is why we are prioritising spending on making the UK a world leader in ultra-low-emission cars.

“Following the first round of our Plugged-in-Places scheme, cities like London are laying the groundwork for a national charge point network.

At the weekend, the mayor’s transport advisor, Kulveer Ranger, attended the RAC Future Car Challenge, an event to promote the use of greener vehicles to unveil a TfL vehicle wrapped with the new Source London identity.

He said: “Source London will make it far easier for people to charge electric vehicles in the Capital removing one of the biggest barriers to ownership and giving a big boost to this fledgling market. With our offer to allow other cities to use the Source brand the Mayor’s work on electric vehicles heralds the start of an electric revolution here and further afield.”

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