London must be at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution

Public charging points can be located on the street and in strategic locations such as retail malls in London. The quick-charging network enables one to charge your electric vehicle more quickly and efficiently while on the go. An 80% charge usually does take 20 minutes.

Upwards of 10,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging outlets have been constructed in London, but thousands more will be required to meet the predicted spike in demand from motorists, according to a report released on Thursday. The historic achievement occurred as the Evening Standard unveiled a big initiative, Plug It In, to showcase the benefits of going electric in London while also exploring the hurdles.

According to the most recent data from City Hall and Zap-Map, London has about a third of the UK’s 32,132 publicly available charging outlets, including roughly 750 quick devices which can recharge a vehicle in 20 minutes.

However, Mayor Sadiq Khan estimates that by the end of the decade, 40,000 to 60,000 chargers, comprising up to 4,000 rapid chargers, will be required to fulfill growing demand as Londoners abandon diesel and gasoline.

As per the business organization London First, this means that 10 new chargers are going to have to be built every day until the close of the decade. Last year, the volume of electric vehicles (EVs) registered in the capital climbed by 60%, reaching 86,568. One out of every five new automobiles purchased in London is now a “plug-in” – either a battery or a hybrid.

As per City Hall estimates, the total quantity of electric vehicles on London’s roads might reach 1.4 million by 2030, accounting for half of all vehicles on the road. Mr. Khan wants to “urgently expedite” efforts to transition away from gasoline and diesel vehicles, in order to meet his goal of becoming London carbon neutral by 2030.

“Continuing this success will be crucial to combating levels of pollution in London and also the climate emergency — assisting us to clean up our air and bring down dangerous road traffic emissions,” he wrote in today’s Standard.

He claims that as motorists are becoming more ecologically concerned and the government seeks to wipe out new diesel and petrol automobiles, the supply of charge stations is straining to keep up. Electric cars account for 3% of all vehicles in the city, but more than 6% in affluent boroughs like Westminster.

A slow-fast charging station costs £5,000, whereas a quick or ultra-rapid charging point costs £85,000. Even half of the estimated demand — 18,500 new points — might cost up to £66 million by 2025.

City Hall is hoping that the cost will be covered by the private sector, although it will allocate public space for charging stations. Up to 1,000 quick chargers might be installed on land possessed by City Hall or even the Transport for London, including on Red Routes. An initial batch of 100 quick or ultra-rapid points is expected.

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