A new network of rapid charge points for electric vehicles across the capital was launched

A new network of rapid charge points for electric vehicles across the capital was launched by Sadiq Khan last week. The network includes 51 points for use by taxis and is part of the Mayor of London’s bid to improve the capital’s air quality, by helping phase out the use of diesel and encouraging the use of zero-emission vehicles.

As of this year no more diesel taxis are being licensed, and all taxis that are licensed for the first time need to be zero-emission capable. Over the past six months Transport for London has worked with suppliers on the installation of 100 rapid charge points across the capital where a vehicle can be charged in 20 to 30 minutes, compared to the seven or eight hours it takes at regular charging points.

The Mayor is also encouraging more Londoners to switch to electric vehicles for personal use, as well as businesses, and is committed to working with the private sector to expand charging infrastructure in the capital. Shell has already installed eight points across London, and Sadiq is urging more businesses to follow its example.

New research published today by the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), found that bringing forward the move to phase out sales of new petrol and diesel cars and van‎s from 2040 to 2030 would result in a 30 per cent reduction in pollution in 2030.

The Mayor’s policies have already led to major investment from the London Electric Vehicle Company, and the report finds that the UK could support over 100,000 jobs in the electric vehicle industry by 2030 – with London’s new rapid charging network in place to cater for increased numbers of electric vehicles on the streets.

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