London plans to have more than 50,000 EV charging points by 2025
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and his Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Taskforce team has some serious plans to transition London’s transportation to zero-emissions as fast as possible — according to a report (full PDF below) from the Mayor’s office, the Govt. of London aims to provide Londoners with at least 50,000 electric vehicle charge points by 2025.
According to the Mayor of London, the air quality of the city has become worst in history and he himself developed asthma as an adult to which air pollution has contributed significantly, so the Mayor and entire London government is now dedicated to improving the lives of the current and upcoming generations by accelerating adoption to EVs and even transition the public transport infrastructure to electric.
As early as next year, the City of London aims to install 300 – 400 fast charge points and by 2025 the number of rapid chargers is aimed to increase to 2,300 to 4,100 — another mix of slow to fast EV charging points is aimed from 3400 – 4700 in 2020 to 33,700 – 47,500 in the year 2025.
Of course, this is a herculean task but the city’s government is dedicated to achieving these goals by investing and bringing on private sector partners onboard.
Mayor London, Mr. Sadiq Khan released the following statements as part of a long foreword of the ‘London electric vehicle infrastructure delivery plan (full PDF below)‘:
If we aspire to truly transform the quality of our air – and preside over a steep and meaningful reduction in our carbon emissions – we must move away from petrol and diesel cars, and towards electric and hydrogen vehicles. Bringing about this sea change won’t be easy, but with the right political will and ambition, I’m confident we can pull it off.
I’m proud that London is one of the first major cities in the world to publish a detailed and independently-assessed climate action plan that outlines how we will comply with the Paris Agreement. A big part of this plan is aiming for all new cars and vans on our roads to be zero emission from 2030.
This is the dedication and level of ambitiousness is needed from world leaders towards sustainability, hopefully, the vision and actions of the Mayor and City of London will inspire many other influentials around the globe in the quest towards the transition to electric vehicles.
Sadiq Khan also stated the following while addressing the launch of ‘London electric vehicle infrastructure delivery plan’ at the Institution of Engineering and Technology earlier this week:
“We need to reject the fossil fuels of the past and embrace an electric revolution in London’s transport. To truly transform the quality of our air and to tackle the climate crisis London must move away from petrol and diesel cars, with their catastrophic impact on the environment, and towards zero- emission vehicles (full details on City of London’s website).
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