London mayor launches new taskforce to boost EV infrastructure

It brings together representatives from business, infrastructure, energy and councils from across the capital

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan has launched a new taskforce dedicated to expanding the infrastructure to boost the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) across the capital.

The Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Taskforce comprises of 16 organisations, including UK Power Networks, the British Retail Consortium, London Councils, Federation of Small Businesses and the RAC Foundation, bringing together representatives from business, infrastructure, energy and boroughs.

The work of the taskforce will be outlined over the summer – including technical workshops run by Transport for London – and a shared Delivery Plan will be published next year.

The announcement follows the London Assembly recently suggesting free or discounted parking for EV drivers in the short term and calling for more charging points across the capital.

Mr Khan has rolled out 104 rapid charging points, more than half of which are for taxis and can charge a vehicle within 30 minutes instead of the standard eight hours.

He said: “We’ve received huge support for this new taskforce, showing it is not just an environment or transport issue but one that is vital to the future of our city and organisations across all sectors are stepping up and accepting they have a part to play. This initiative will support London boroughs and ensure electric vehicle infrastructure is installed in the right places and help make our city an even better place to live.”

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