London contracts Siemens to manage electric vehicle network


Boris Johnson,
Mayor of London
London, U.K. — (METERING.COM) — February 23, 2011 – Work to install 1,300 new electric vehicle charging points is starting across London and Siemens has been contracted by Transport for London to manage the network.

The Source London network of charging points is a key part of the Mayor’s drive to make London the electric vehicle capital of Europe, and these will placed at locations including supermarket and public car parks, on the streets and near underground railway stations.

Drivers of electric vehicles will be able to join the scheme for an initial first year membership of £100 and charging will then be free.

Around 1,300 charging points are scheduled to be in place by the end of 2013. This will not only represent a huge jump from the 250 currently available, but London will then have more charging points than petrol stations.

The Source London rollout coincides with a new £5,000 incentive grant from government for electric vehicles, aimed to encourage drivers to buy into the new technology.

“One of the biggest hurdles to greater use of electric vehicles has been a lack of charging points,” commented Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. “But now Londoners will see Source London points popping up in locations all over the capital. By giving increasing numbers of drivers the confidence in electric vehicle technology we will make a considerable contribution to improving our air quality and cutting carbon emissions.”