Transport for London has laid out plans for a major expansion of the capital’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure, with proposals to encourage the switch from diesel to electric mobility.
The Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Taskforce will look to implement a London EV Infrastructure Delivery Plan that includes:
- • Installing the next generation of ultra-rapid charging points (100-150+ kW) at London petrol stations later this year.
- • Delivering five flagship charging hubs, with the ability for multiple cars to quickly be charged in one place. The first of these hubs will be operational in the heart of the Square Mile by the end of the year.
- • A new ‘one-stop-shop’ for Londoners to request new charging infrastructure from their local authority in areas of high demand led by London Councils, making it easier for drivers to switch to electric vehicles.
- • Expanding electric car clubs and bringing more vehicles to market, offering greater choice to Londoners and businesses.
- • New online smart tools to ensure London’s energy grid continues to keep pace with demand and to help unlock private sector investment.
Speaking at the launch of the London EV Infrastructure Delivery Plan at the Institution of Engineering and Technology today, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “London’s air is so dirty and polluted that it amounts to nothing less than a serious public health crisis. It breaches legal limits and blights the lives of Londoners, resulting in thousands of premature deaths every year.
“We are also facing a climate emergency that threatens the long-term security and wellbeing of every Londoner. We need to reject the fossil fuels of the past and embrace an electric revolution in London’s transport. To truly transform the quality of our air and to tackle the climate crisis London must move away from petrol and diesel cars, with their catastrophic impact on the environment, and towards zero-emission vehicles.
“I want London to lead the world in this ambition, with all new cars and vans on London roads to meeting these standards by 2030, not 2040 as the government is proposing. To make this vision a reality we must make sure all Londoners have access to the essential infrastructure required to run and maintain an electric vehicle. This is a massive operation and can only be achieved if the public and private sector come together to deliver London’s electric future.”
Further information on the London EV Infrastructure Delivery Plan can be found via the Mayor of London website.