The UK capital has added more electric vehicle charging points. These include over 500 rapid charge points, more than 5500 residential charging points, and other points that are meant for over 4000 electric taxis. This consists of the fast-charging station at the Stratford International car park that has six charging facilities. TfL (Transport for London) was able to meet its target in collaboration with ESB Energy and BP Pulse as charging station operators. This was achieved despite work being stopped from April-June 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The government has planned to build two other hubs at Glass Yard, Greenwich and at Baynard House, City of London. These hubs will have six and eight rapid charge points, respectively. It is essential to note that rapid chargers are for commercial vehicles like courier drivers, taxis, and delivery vehicles. Drivers use chargers to charge their cars for about 30 minutes for a quick charge. London boroughs have delivered over 2000 on-street residential charge facilities via the Go Ultra Low City Scheme. Another 3000 charge points are expected to be delivered this year in spring. The Government’s Office for Zero-Emission Vehicles (OZEV) financed these two projects to help taxi drivers’ shift to electric vehicles.
Even though the installed charging stations are enough for now since they meet demand, the increase in demand is expected in a few years to come as electric vehicles’ adoption rises. According to the Mayor’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Delivery Plan says that they will require over 4000 rapid charging points and more than 48000 residential chargers in London by 2025. This is because many car manufacturers are shifting from producing conventional vehicles to electric cars. Also, many individuals and businesses are purchasing electric vehicles.
To ensure future installations are done on time, City Hall collaborates with TfL, London Councils, the Department for Transport, and boroughs. This involves reviewing public land that will be used to install EV charge points, evaluating Transport for London’s Electric Vehicle procurement strategy, and discussing challenges that are likely to be encountered during the delivery of future charge points. This is in support of the mayor’s overarching goal to ensure London is zero carbon by 2030.
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, said that they need to act further and take necessary measures to ensure our city become zero carbon. He added that this is the reason that in the month of October this year; he will expand the Ultra-Low Emission Zone up to South and North Circular roads. Khan said that it is essential for both the private and public entities to collaborate to accelerate the transition to zero-emission vehicles.