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London Set to Take a Lead In EV Charging Infrastructure

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On: Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 4:33PM | By: Chris Weiss

London Set to Take a Lead In EV Charging Infrastructure

Here in the United States, we've heard President Obama's goal of getting a million plug-ins on the road by 2015. It's a good goal, but so far the implementation of a charging infrastructure has been rather slow and piecemeal.

London recently revealed its own plan for plug-in vehicle charging infrastructure, a plan that could serve as a model for Europe and other countries worldwide. The plan calls for the addition of 1,300 EV charging stations around the city by 2013. The U.S. might want to watch closely.

The installation of charging points is part of Mayor Boris Johnson's greater plan to make London the electric vehicle capital of Europe. It's called Source London and it will officially launch next spring with aims of eventually doubling London's network of petrol stations.

Johnson explained: "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, whilst 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."

While an ambitious plan, the new plan is actually a scaled back version of an original Source London outline that called for 25,000 charge points by 2015. That plan was presumably trimmed because of budget issues.

The city will work with Siemens in developing its charging network. The network will be membership based, charging members a proposed annual fee of around £100, which will buy them charging at any of the city's Source London charge points. Those wishing to take advantage will be able to sign up on the recently launched website sourcelondon.net.

London and its partners are in conversations with other U.K. cities toward developing a nationwide network of charging stations. Work is underway toward using the "Source" label for all U.K. charging points.

Mayoral transport advisor Kulveer Ranger 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."


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