London to get up 1,500 EV charging points by end of 2020
London boroughs have won funding to install up to 1,500 standard charging points on residential streets in London by the end of 2020.
Announced by Transport for London (TfL), London Councils and the Greater London Authority (GLA), the funding – worth £4.48m – has been awarded from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles’ Go Ultra Low City Scheme and follows the recent publication of the mayor’s draft Transport Strategy, which sets out plans for a zero emission zone in central London by 2040 and a London-wide zone by 2050.
A total of 25 boroughs have secured charge point funding based on perceived demand and electric vehicle take-up. TfL added that further funding will be allocated to interested boroughs in 2018/19 as soon as it’s happy on progress being made on the current allocation.
Boroughs will now need to work out where charging points will best be installed and will be able to choose between freestanding units or charge points fixed to existing lampposts.
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “We have a bold ambition to make London’s transport system zero emission by 2050, and working with boroughs to roll out more charging infrastructure is a vital part of making this a reality.”
The funding follows the April announcement of an £18m scheme that will see 300 rapid charge points deployed in the Capital by 2020.