Transport for London (TfL) has begun work to install 1,300 new electric vehicles charging points in the capital.
The Source London network of charging points will be a key part of the Mayor’s drive to make London the electric vehicle capital of Europe. TfL has also finalised a contract that will see Siemens manage the operation of the network and registration of drivers.
Londoners will begin to see new and branded Source London points located across the city as TfL begins to install points for the new network of charging points in preparation for its launch this spring. Charging points will be installed by over 40 partners from a range of sectors including Sainsburys, Asda, NCP, Capital Shopping Centres, Scottish and Southern Energy and London boroughs.
At present there are over 250 publicly accessible electric vehicle charging points in the capital, over half of which have been funded by TfL. At least 1,300 charging points will be installed by the end of 2013 in public locations and streets. It will mean that by that stage London will have more charging points than petrol stations, giving drivers the confidence to buy into the new technology and providing a boost to the growing electric vehicle market.
The mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “One of the biggest hurdles to greater use of electric vehicles has been a lack of charging points. But now Londoners will see Source London points popping up in locations all over the Capital. By giving increasing numbers of drivers the confidence in electric vehicle technology we will make a considerable contribution to improving our air quality and cutting carbon emissions.”
The deal between TfL and Siemens will see Siemens run the Source London back office to March 2014 at no cost to taxpayers. Siemens will operate the management of the network and registration for drivers to use Source London. For the first year annual membership of the scheme will cost £100 per year and charging will then be free at the point of use.