London switches on a new electric vehicle scheme “Source London”.
London Mayor Boris Johnson has launched a city-wide electric charge point network and membership scheme, Source London.The new pan-London scheme replaces a range of different localised schemes making it easier for electric vehicle owners to plug in while on the move.
By 2013 Source London will have at least 1,300 charge points, more than the number of petrol stations currently in London. This will ensure the infrastructure is in place for significantly more people and businesses to buy an electric vehicle from the expanding range coming to market.
Annual membership of Source London is £100 (€112), enabling card holders to charge up at any Source London point as manytimes as required. Charge points are located on streets and in carparks and are instantly recognisable. Users simply touch their membership card to the reader on the charge point and then plug in their vehicle to charge. Source London is also working closely with other regions to help drive the creation of a UK-widecharge point network.
Source London is a significant element of TfL’s work to support the Mayor’s aim to make this city the electric vehicle capital ofEurope. The Mayor has a strategic target to work with a rangeof partners to deliver 22,500 workplace charge points by 2015– in part supported through a provision in the city’s land use strategy,the draft London Plan, for developers to include work-place charge points in new car parks. The Mayor has also granted electric vehicles a 100 per cent discount for the congestion charge in London.
Source London consists of a growing consortium (led by TfL) of public and private sector partners including:
- Siemens, who have developed at no cost to TfL, the IT infrastructure and back office systems;
- Scottish and Southern Electric, in partnership with NCP, who have part-funded and installed a large number of charge points;
- Enterprise, Asda Stores Ltd, Capital Shopping Centre plc, Gatwick Airport Ltd, Heathrow Airport Ltd, IKEA Ltd, Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd, Old Ford Housing Association, Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd, Southern Electric Power Distribution PLC, The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust.
Updated : February 10, 2012