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Mayor of London offers 4.5m for EV charge points

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today (3 August) announced funding worth up to £4.5 million for 1,500 new electric vehicle charging points to be installed across London.

The new residential charge points will help those without access to off-street parking to make the switch from polluting vehicles to zero-emission vehicles, the Mayor’s Office has said. They will add to the network of rapid charge points TfL is installing by the end of 2020.

The number of electric car charging points in London could double. Picture: Tony Baggett / Shutterstock.com

25 London boroughs will be eligible for a portion of the £4.5 million funding.

Commenting on the investment, the Mayor 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.â€?

Current estimates by the UK charging point platform Zap Map suggest that there are a total of 1,488 charging points available for use in the capital, although London boroughs are continuing to invest in charging infrastructure to aid the take-up of electric vehicles.

This week we reported on the installation of the first rapid electric vehicle charging point, with plans to install a further 100 roadside charging points by the end of 2018 (see airqualitynews.com story).

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