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Mayor of London announces plan for more EV charging points

Tristan Shale-Hester 2019-06-17 15:41

London will have between 2,300 and 4,100 EV rapid charging points and 33,700 to 47,500 normal charging points by 2025

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced further plans for more public electric car charging points in the capital, citing central London's “lack of infrastructure” for drivers of electric vehicles.

London is currently on course to hit its target of 200 to 400 rapid charging points and 3,400 to 4,700 slow to fast charging points by 2020, in order to support the anticipated 45,000 EVs on the capital's streets by next year.

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The plan now is to have a total of 2,300 to 4,100 rapid charging points and 33,700 to 47,500 slow to fast charging points in the city by 2025, when it’s predicted there could be around 330,000 EVs in London.

At present 25 per cent of all of the UK’s EV charging points are in London, with 2,400 of them spread across 1,200 locations.

This will be bolstered both by the new charging points that are to be installed all over the city, but also by the installation of ultra-rapid chargers at petrol stations and five flagship charging hubs, the first of which will be set up in the City of London’s Square Mile before the end of 2019.

The plan will also see the launch of a new “one-stop-shop" for Londoners to request new charging infrastructure from their local authority and an expansion of electric car clubs.

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Speaking exclusively to Auto Express, Mr Khan said: “One the biggest obstacles [to EV ownership] that people tell me [about] is the lack of infrastructure, the lack of enough rapid charging points, the lack of enough charging points and so what we’ve announced today is a delivery plan to how we get there.

“We have in London now more rapid charging points than any major city in the world, but we need more and this is a plan to get more. We have in London now more than 2,400 normal charging points; over the last four months alone we’ve had more than 1,100 being rolled out – we need more.”

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