The benefit and feasibility of delivering a network of electric car charging points is to be examined by the London Assembly’s Environment Committee.
Having previously announced plans for 25,000 charging points by 2015, with 7,500 to be delivered “by spring 2013”, the Mayor subsequently announced a revised target of just 1,300 by the end of 2013.
Next week Assembly Members will question experts about this reduction and ask whether the take-up and environmental benefits of electric vehicles are sufficient to justify public expenditure.
The committee says the “environmental benefits of electric vehicles are not clear-cut” and warns some vehicles can produce higher levels of emissions which contribute to ‘acid rain’.
Committee chair Murad Qureshi said: “The Mayor set out plans for increasing the number of electric vehicles on London’s streets, and has already had to revise them.
“Questions need to be asked about whether his plans are achievable and if they will actually deliver enough environmental benefits to justify the effort and costs.”
Next week’s meeting will take place on Tuesday, 12 July from 10am in the Chamber at City Hall and is open to the public.