London boroughs are planning to deliver more than 2,600 electric vehicle charging points across the capital before the end of 2018/19, London Councils has claimed.
The organisation, which represents Londonâ€™s local authorities, has detailed findings of a survey of potential developments in electric vehicle charging infrastructure by the capitalâ€™s 32 local authorities.
The survey suggests that a total of 644 charging points have been installed in the capital since the start of 2017, with a further increase anticipated before the middle of 2019.
These include a mixture of slow (3kwh, mainly lamp columns), fast (7-22kwh) and rapid (50kwh+) charging points.
Findings of the survey follow in the wake of comments by the Mayor of London, calling for Londonâ€™s councils to increase investment in charging infrastructure (see airqualitynews.com story).
City Hall claims that around 2,000 standard charge points have already been installed across London, and at least 150 TfL-funded rapid charge points are expected to be in place by the end of 2018.
According to London Councils â€“ local authorities have secured agreements with different network operators and with assistance by the Go Ultra Low City Scheme (GULCS) funding, expect to install at least 2,630 charging points in 2018/19.
Cllr Julian Bell, London Councilsâ€™ chair of Transport and Environment Committee, said: â€œThe harmful effects of poor air quality and pollution on our communities are clear and London boroughs are actively responding to this issue. These figures highlight our commitment to delivering environmentally friendly transport solutions by growing electric vehicle charging infrastructure for our residents.
â€œLondon boroughs are engaging with their communities and developing solutions tailored to local needs. It is essential we continue to do so and take people with us. London Councils will continue to work with our partners in delivering a modern and environmentally sustainable capital city for the future.â€