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EVs need more chargepoints and free parking to succeed in London

More chargepoints should be installed in London and free or discounted parking offered to drive EV take-up.

Encouraging Londoners without their own driveway or garage to get an EV is the biggest challenge for take-up

Encouraging Londoners without their own driveway or garage to get an EV is the biggest challenge for take-up

The call to the Mayor of London comes from the London Assembly Environment Committee in a new report as it highlights that the growth in the number of electric vehicles in the capital is outstripping the number of charge points.

The report sets out that 60% of Londoners do not have their own garage or driveway and would therefore need to rely on electric on-street charging – making this the biggest obstacle to EV take-up.

It also says that the spread, location and accessibility of electric charging points is more important than the number of charging points, so a strategic pan-London approach is needed. And it calls for Transport for London (TfL) to offer capital funding to install electric charging points where private sector investment is not happening quickly enough.

The report also sets out that the Mayor should encourage all London boroughs to make parking for electric vehicles free or discounted in the short-term to drive take-up.

And the report also says that the capital should continue to focus on driving down overall car ownership, including EVs, as it points car clubs as a “a golden opportunity” to both reduce individual ownership and get more electric cars on the road, instead of petrol and diesel combustion engine vehicles. It continues that the Mayor should set a target for the percentage of electric cars in London’s car clubs, to ensure car clubs see members sharing the cleanest vehicles.

The report was welcomed by the Renewable Energy Association. Daniel Brown, EV lead at the REA, said: “Achieving mass adoption of EVs is eminently achievable but the development of required infrastructure will need coordination between government at all levels, developers, grids, and consumers.

“The report comes at a time where, at a national level, the Automated and Electric Vehicle Bill is being debated in the House of Lords. A number of amendments to the Bill are pragmatic proposals which mirror forward thinking initiatives included in the draft London Plan. Ensuring that new properties, including those with public car parks such as supermarkets and offices are 100% ‘EV Ready’ with relevant trenching, wiring, and ducting in place, would make it easier for both those with and without off-street parking to charge their cars in London and beyond.”

To access the London Assembly Environment Committee report, click here.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.