London's new electric vehicle charging network announced

London mayor Boris Johnson has unveiled plans for a new London electric vehicle charging network.

Source London will go live in spring 2011 and aims to deliver 1,300 public charging points across London by 2013.

For the cost of £100 a year the Source London network offers a single identity for electric driving across the capital.

The mayor has recently committed to a 100% discount from the congestion charge for electric drivers in the capital.

As well as other low emission vehicles which offers electric vehicle owners using the zone a potential saving of more than £2000 a year.

Mr Johnson said: "Already there are more electric drivers in London than anywhere else in the UK, but we are now entering an incredibly exciting period in electric motoring.

"Major manufacturers are gearing up to launch more affordable, practical electric cars over the next few years, while the cost of traditional fuels are making petrol-free driving an increasingly attractive option.

"By opting for electric in greater numbers, Londoners will also help to cut pollution levels and improve the city's quality of living.

"Through the development of Source London, we are seeking to create the fertile conditions for electric vehicles to flourish to make our city the electric driving capital of Europe."

The mayor's transport advisor, Kulveer Ranger, attended the RAC Future Car Challenge, an event to promote the use of greener vehicles to unveil a Transport for London vehicle wrapped with the new Source London identity.

He said: "Source London will make it far easier for people to charge electric vehicles in the capital removing one of the biggest barriers to ownership and giving a big boost to this fledgling market.

"With our offer to allow other cities to use the Source brand the Mayor's work on electric vehicles heralds the start of an electric revolution here and further afield."

The RAC Brighton to London Future Car Challenge took place on Saturday (November 6).

Luke Walsh


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