Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced plans to increase the number of electric cars in the capital by ensuring a greater number of charging points and encouraging local councils to reduce parking fees.
According to City Hall’s figures the capital currently only has electric charging points in 40 locations.
Mayor Johnson will also oversee the creation of an Electric Vehicle Partnership for London to encourage the car industry to accelerate the delivery of new technology and to increase the level of support for drivers of electric cars in the capital.
Speaking earlier today Mr Johnson said “Electric cars provide zero emissions at their point of use. If we can help make these cars affordable, attractive and easy for Londoners to use then I believe we can put London in pole position when it comes to the use of this type of technology.”
The formation of the Electric Vehicle Partnership will be confirmed on Wednesday by the Mayor’s Director of Transport Policy, Kulveer Ranger, when he addresses the Low Carbon Vehicle Conference.
Mr Ranger said the new administration “don’t want green cars to be seen as a lifestyle choice for eco warriors. We want them to be an attractive option for everyone. We want industry to help the public see that all makes and models from sports coupes to people carriers can be affordable and electric.”