Helping Londoners go electric with Source London
On 26 May 2011 the Mayor launched Source London, the UK’s first citywide electric vehicle charging point network and membership scheme. Source London will make it easier for electric vehicle owners to plug in whilst on the move to support the Mayor’s aspiration to create 1,300 public and workplace charge points across the city by April 2013. This means there will be more charging points than petrol stations in London – giving Londoners the confidence that they can charge their vehicle easily and conveniently at charge points on residential streets, and off-street locations such as supermarkets, public car parks and shopping and leisure centres.
Annual membership of the scheme is £10, enabling cardholders to charge up at any Source London point whenever they need to. The scheme initially launched with 150 new charging points making it London’s largest single charging network. This significant boosted the approximately 250 existing publicly-accessible charge points operated by a range of different localised schemes, most of which had been funded by the Mayor through the Local Implementation Plans of the London Boroughs. By Autumn 2012, over 800 publicly accessible charge points were provided via the Source London consortium.
In October 2012 London became interoperable with Source East, so members of both schemes are able to use both Source London and Source East charge points for free. This will allow electric vehicle owners to travel greater distances and charge up across London and the East of England.
Benefits of electric vehicles
Electric vehicles offer a clean and green alternative to petrol and diesel powered transport and London is a key market. By Spring 2012 over 2,400 electric vehicles were registered in London for the Congestion Charging discount, and some 26,000 hybrid vehicles registered in the UK were used in London.
The Mayor wants to boost this to 100,000 to support his aspiration that London becomes the electric vehicle capital of Europe.
Ready to go electric?
If you are considering your next vehicle purchase, or thinking about electric cars, the Government offers a Plug-In Car Grant (external website) of 25% towards the cost of an electric vehicle, up to a maximum of £5,000, to encourage people to buy electric or plug-in hybrid cars.
To find out more, including charging point locations, current makes and models of electric vehicles, and the Mayor's EV plans for London, visit the Source London website (external website).