London to Become ‘Electric Car Capital of Europe’

London to Become ‘Electric Car Capital of Europe’

Current London Mayor, Boris Johnson, has revealed plans for the city to install 1,300 Electric Vehicle charging stations within its boundaries. This new network of stations, known as Source London, is planned to be put in place by 2013.

In a recent statement, Johnson said, “already there are more electric drivers in London than anywhere else in the UK, but we are now entering an incredibly exciting period in electric motoring. Major manufacturers are gearing up to launch more affordable, practical electric cars over the next few years, whilst the cost of traditional fuels are making petrol-free driving an increasingly attractive option.”

He then went on to add “by opting for electric vehicles in greater numbers, Londoners will also help to cut pollution levels and improve the city’s quality of living.”  UK motorists currently endure some of the highest levels of taxation, both for road licensing and fuel in the world and with the a proposed annual membership fee of around £100, the new scheme , which will feature a single ‘visual identity’ network currently looks rather attractive.

Johnson’s original plan called for an ambitious 25,000 individual charging stations, but the Greater London Authority was forced to reduce the number largely because of cost considerations. Nevertheless, the 1300 stations green-lighted for the project will likely help forge a reputation for London as the ‘Electric Vehicle Capital of Europe.’

[Source: Autocar]