Electric Vehicles - emission reductions

MQT on 2013-10-23
Session date: 
October 23, 2013
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What are the estimated reductions in CO2 emissions and NO2 emissions which have resulted from your plans for electric vehicles in London?


Answer for Electric Vehicles - emission reductions

Answer for Electric Vehicles - emission reductions

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In total, it is estimated that the 3,000 electric vehicles registered in London annually save approximately 3,000 tonnes of CO2 and 10 tonnes of NOx emissions (vehicle emissions are measured in terms of NOx rather than just NO2). This is about 0.2% of NOx emissions and 0.1 % CO2 emissions from taxis, cars and LGVs.

Electric vehicles emit no CO2 or NO2 emissions at the point of use. Taking into account the current mix of fuels used to generate the standard UK electricity supply, electric vehicles produce up to 40% less CO2 emissions than similar petrol or diesel vehicles.

The Electric Vehicle Delivery Plan has delivered over 1,300 electric vehicle charge points as part of the Source London network.

I have set out my vision for London to have an Ultra-Low Emission Zone from 2020. This will increase the market for these vehicles, delivering further environmental benefits and supporting my plans to make London the electric vehicle capital of Europe.