Funding boost for electric car infrastructure in capital

By Gem Childe on 7th Aug 2017

London boroughs are to receive £4.5million to install electric charging infrastructure in residential areas.

Twenty-five boroughs will each receive up to £300,000 to fit on-street charging points to help those without access to off-street parking to make the switch to zero-emission vehicles. The 1,500 standard-charge points will be in addition to a network of rapid charge points that TfL plans to install by the end of 2020.

The £4.48 million allocated to the boroughs forms part of an award London received from the Go Ultra Low City Scheme, a nationwide government competition to increase electric vehicle use.

The boroughs sought funding based on perceived demand and electric vehicle take-up. The funding will support innovative approaches such as using lampposts as the base and power supply for charge points. This is cheaper, quicker and easier to install with less impact on the streetscape.

Air pollution contributes to 40,000 premature deaths in the UK every year, with more than 9,000 of those in London.

London mayor Sadiq Khan aims for all taxis and private hire vehicles to be zero-emission capable by 2033, for all buses to be zero emission by 2037, for all new road vehicles driven in London to be zero emission by 2040, and for London's entire transport system to be zero emission by 2050.

Mr Khan, said: "This substantial investment in electric charging points will make a real difference, making electric vehicles an easier and more practical option for Londoners across our city. We have a bold ambition to make London's transport system zero emission by 2050, and working with boroughs to roll out more charging infrastructure is a vital part of making this a reality.

"But we need to be more ambitious in tackling emissions at all levels of government. That's why I'm calling on ministers not only to introduce a fully-funded diesel scrappage fund to get polluting vehicles off our streets immediately, but they must also step up their investment in charging infrastructure to ensure every Londoner can look at moving to electric vehicles over the coming years."