London to become ‘electric car capital’

Mayor Boris Johnson has announced he wants London to become the “electric driving capital of the world.”

The London Mayor was speaking at the launch of the first city-wide electric vehicle charging network, provided by Source London. Source London has committed itself to boosting today’s 250 publicly available charging points in the capital to “at least 1,300” by 2013. Boris Johnson continued: “This is in support of the expanding range of electric cars coming to market and will deliver a range of environmental benefits in terms of pushing down on pollution in London.”

The government has already pledged £250 million funding for electric vehicles in the form of a £5,000 plug-in car grant to buyers, and there are numerous charging infrastructure projects underway throughout the country.

Despite this, the first batch of family friendly electric vehicles, like the Nissan LEAF for example, remain considerably more expensive than their petrol counterparts. Look beyond the steep sticker price, however, and there are incredible savings to be had from a fuel and maintenance point of view. Electric vehicles also incur no company car tax, no Vehicle Excise Duty and no London Congestion Charge.

Recent research by Citroën shows that the average daily journey in urban areas is 23 miles. The car is at rest for 92 per cent of each day, creating numerous recharging opportunities. The French car maker has recently released the C-Zero, an all-electric supermini that offers a fully charged range of 93 miles.

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