Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has created a new taskforce to help increase infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs) in London. The EV Taskforce, the first of its kind in the UK, will make it easier for Londoners to switch from diesel to electric vehicles. The result will be cleaner air for everyone. It will also help with the Mayor’s aims for London to become a zero carbon city with its entire transport system zero emission by 2050.
Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
Rapid charge points
Rapid charge points are essential to support Londoners and businesses to make the switch from diesel to electric and charge their vehicle in as little as half an hour. Standard charging points, in comparison, take between four and eight hours.
London now has over 100 rapid charge points, however, most of these are on land or roads managed by Transport for London. To encourage businesses, taxi drivers and Londoners to switch to EVs we need a huge expansion in rapid chargers. To make this happen, the Mayor believes we must work together with the boroughs and private sector.
Charging points for residents
Alongside rapid charge points, the Mayor is working with London Councils to install slower standard charge points on residential streets, including retrofitting lamp columns. These will help Londoners who cannot charge an EV at their home. 25 boroughs have expressed an interest in participating and have been allocated around £4.5m funding. Londoners wanting to switch to an EV should write to their local council to request a charge point near their home.
EV Infrastructure Taskforce
The Mayor’s EV Infrastructure Taskforce brings together representatives from business, energy, infrastructure, government and London boroughs.
Its members include:
- British Electrotechnical and Allied Manufacturers Association (BEAMA)
- British Retail Consortium
- Cross River Partnership
- Energy UK
- Federation of Small Businesses
- Freight Transport Association
- London Councils
- London First
- Office for Low Emission Vehicles
- RAC Foundation
- Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
- Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)
- Shell UK
- SSE Enterprise
- UK Power Networks
The taskforce will publish a delivery plan in 2019 with recommendations around how, when and where to increase London’s electric vehicle infrastructure up until 2025.
We’ll be updating this page regularly with progress of the EV Taskforce over the coming months.
You can find out where your local EV charge point is in London on Zap-Map.
If you’ve got any questions or suggestions for the taskforce in the meantime, get in touch with [email protected]. Further information on existing research in this area can be found on Transport for London’s Ultra Low Emissions Vehicles pages.