Mayor sets up electric vehicle taskforce

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The taskforce was launched at City Hall on 31 May. Image: TfL via Twitter.

Sadiq Khan has launched a new ‘taskforce’ dedicated to boosting the infrastructure needed to increase the take-up of electric vehicles across the Capital.

Unveiled last week (31 May), the taskforce comprises 16 organisations including UK Power Networks, the British Retail Consortium and the RAC Foundation. It will work with TfL on a number of initiatives including technical workshops, with the end goal of publishing a shared delivery plan during 2019.

More than 10% of the UK’s electric vehicles are located in London. Alongside around 2,000 standard charge points already installed across the Capital, at least 150 TfL-funded rapid charge points are set to be in place by the end of 2018.

Launching the initiative, the mayor encouraged boroughs, the Government and all those involved in the taskforce to redouble efforts to install rapid charging points and help tackle London’s ‘filthy’ air.

Mr Khan also wants to see rapid charging ‘hubs’ – a group of charging points, similar to petrol stations – set up across the city.

Sadiq Khan said:

“London’s filthy air is a public health crisis, and encouraging more Londoners to switch from diesel to electric vehicles is critical in tackling it.

“We’ve received huge support for this new taskforce, showing it is not just an environment or transport issue but one that is vital to the future of our city, and organisations across all sectors are stepping up and accepting they have a part to play.

“This initiative will support London boroughs and ensure electric vehicle infrastructure is installed in the right places, and help make our city an even better place to live.”

Christina Calderato, TfL’s head of delivery planning, said: “We are installing rapid charging points across London, only licensing zero emission capable taxis and by 2020 all single decker buses will be zero emission.

“However, we recognise more can be done and are working hard with boroughs and the private sector to ensure London has the infrastructure needed to become an electric city.”

04 June 2018