Electric vehicles

Electric vehicles in London

Date published: 
24 May 2018

Key facts

There are 12,000 electric vehicles in London, that’s ten times as many as in 2012.

But the growth in the number of electric vehicles in the capital is outstripping the number of charge points and this could limit the number of people owning an electric vehicles, at a time when it is essential that Londoners move away from internal combustion engine vehicles.

60 per cent of Londoners do not have their own garage or driveway and would therefore need to rely on electric on-street charging.

Key findings

  • Encouraging Londoners without their own driveway or garage to get an electric vehicle is the biggest challenge for take-up, as concerns about charging points are deep-rooted. 
  • The spread, location and accessibility of electric charging points is more important than the number of charging points, so a strategic pan-London approach is needed.  
  • Car clubs are a golden opportunity to both reduce individual ownership and get more electric cars on the road, instead of petrol and diesel combustion engine vehicles.

Electric Vehicles in London


  • In the short-term for a limited period only, the Mayor should encourage all London boroughs to make parking for electric vehicles free or discounted, to drive take-up.
  • Use his profile to spread the idea that charging need not be a barrier to owning an electric vehicle.
  • Offer TfL capital funding to install electric charging points where private sector investment is not happening quickly enough.
  • Set a target for the percentage of electric cars in London’s car clubs, to ensure car clubs see members sharing the cleanest vehicles.

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A London Councils spokesperson said:
“We welcome the London Assembly’s report and agree that working together is the best way of delivering a step-change in London’s take-up of electric vehicles.

"Boroughs are keen to bring their local expertise and planning knowledge to the table to help drive the shift to electric in London. Currently London boroughs are actively engaging with TfL and the Mayor of London through the Go Ultra Low City Scheme, which aims to increase electric vehicle charging infrastructure in London, and the London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee has set up a group focused on installing more rapid chargers via a collaborative approach.

"Boroughs are also on track to quadruple the number of car charging points they are installing in the capital next year – adding 2,600 more charging points to the capital’s streets. We are committed to building on this good work and strengthening our relationship with TfL and the Mayor to make widespread take-up of electric vehicles a reality for London.”