Source London pay-as-you-go rate

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-11-16
Session date: 
November 16, 2016
Reference: 
2016/4052
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

What, if any, discussions did TfL have with Bluepoint London - the company which owns and operates the Source London electric charging network - in advance of their decision to introduce a new pay-as-you-go rate of 3.6 pence per minute? Are you concerned that this may restrict the uptake of electric vehicles in London, by making it uneconomical for many electric vehicle owners to charge their vehicles using the Source London network?

Answer

Answer for Source London pay-as-you-go rate

Answer for Source London pay-as-you-go rate

Answered By: 
The Mayor

BluePointLondon (BPL) has responsibility for the management and maintenance of the Source London network since it was transferred to the Bolloré group in 2014 to enable improvement and expansion of the scheme without further reliance on public subsidy. TfL no longer manages the network.

Although TfL supports BPL where it can to identify new charge point locations, or to facilitate discussions with other Source London delivery partners, such as London boroughs, it has no involvement in BPL's business decisions regarding pricing. Therefore, the pricing structure implemented for the Source London network was devised by BPL. Charging an electric vehicle (EV) remains a more economical option than fuelling a petrol or diesel vehicle.

BPL's Source London charging network is just one of the charging options available to Londoners. There are other private charging networks available with different pricing structures, including Chargemaster's POLAR network. This choice will expand next year once TfL's rapid charging network is procured and a further on-street residential charging network is delivered as part of London's Go Ultra Low City Scheme project.