Charges for Public Charging Points for Electric Cars

MQT on 2017-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2017
Question By: 
Len Duvall OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


A constituent of mine bought an electric vehicle last spring, mindful of the air quality issues in London. The annual cost to use the charging points was £5 per year at that time.  This has been increased to £4 per month as of January 2017, an increase of 960%. In addition to this, it costs over £8 for each charge. The cost of using the petrol tank in this car is now not much more in monetary terms but is in environmental terms. What is your view on this and will you investigate this matter further.


Answer for Charges for Public Charging Points for Electric Cars

Answer for Charges for Public Charging Points for Electric Cars

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am determined to change the landscape for electric vehicles in London and help boost the confidence of Londoners and businesses so that they can switch with ease.


TfL is in close dialogue with charge point network operators, and continues to encourage competitive tariffs to promote cleaner vehicles, and good value for Londoners. Electric vehicles do not pay the Congestion Charge and many boroughs now offer priority or free parking for electric vehicles.


Tariffs for existing privately-owned destination charging networks are market-led. This enables competition and allows the operators to continually expand and improve their network. To do this, the operators need to make a return on their investment. The previous annual £5 charge for the unlimited use of the charging network was being subsidised by the private operator.


The GLA, TfL and London Councils are working in partnership to create competition and to introduce more options for Londoners and businesses to charge their vehicles. This includes a new network for residents and car clubs as part of London’s £13m ‘Go Ultra Low Cities’ programme, which will reduce the resource burden on boroughs and infrastructure costs.


Furthermore, a new rapid charge network will be installed from summer, where TfL will be investing £18m and tendering sites competitively with specification criteria that includes mandating pay-as-you go tariffs and interoperability.


TfL also responded to the Government’s Modern Transport Bill consultation, to highlight the need to make pricing more transparent between charge point operators. This would ensure that all charge points in every charging network can be used by all electric vehicle users on a pay-as-you-go basis and improve the consumer experience of using electric vehicle charging infrastructure.