In ‘The ten point plan for a green industrial revolution’ the government sets out plans to increase the number of electric vehicle charging points across the UK. How many of these are likely to be allocated to London?
London is leading on charging infrastructure in the UK and is home to over 26 per cent of the country’s charge points. I am doing everything I can to encourage the switch to electric vehicles (EVs), providing supportive policies and incentives such as bringing forward and expanding the Ultra Low Emission Zone, funding scrappage schemes, supporting vehicle purchase grants and convening the EV Infrastructure Taskforce to ensure that infrastructure is no longer a barrier to EV uptake in London. A recent report found London’s support package is considered one of the most extensive in Europe (https://theicct.org/sites/default/files/publications/EV_city_policies_white_paper_fv_20200224.pdf)
The UK Government’s Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) has announced funding of £1.3 billion to accelerate the roll out of charging infrastructure across the UK. OZEV is yet to outline how and when this funding can be accessed so it is not yet clear how many charge points this will mean for London. However, I will continue to make the case to Government for infrastructure investment to meet the city’s charging needs and ensure London continues to lead the rest of the country.