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2014-08-08

London’s Electric Vehicle Uptake Lagging Behind Mayor’s Expectations


The BBC is reporting the following:
“London’s mayor has only achieved 3% of his target of having 100,000 electric vehicles in the city, it has emerged.”


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Additionally, the BBC claims that Mayor Boris Johnson had targeted 25,000 charging points in London by 2015, but only 1,408 are there today.
Mayor Johnson insists that the city is still on target for 100,000 plug-in vehicles on the roads by 2020. The increased uptake in the coming years will come mainly from the city’s promise to install more rapid chargers. As Isabelle Dedring, the deputy mayor for transport states:
“We’ve always thought that around 2020 might be the mark when that’s achievable (having 100,000 electric vehicles) and that’s in line with industry expectations as well.
“Our experience has been people are not wanting to charge at trickle posts.”
“Instead, what we’re bringing in is support for people to charge at home but we’re also putting in a rapid charging network, which is much more like going to the petrol station.”
We’ve witnesses this increased uptake as rapid chargers get installed right here in the US. For example, in states likes Washington where rapid chargers are becoming increasingly common, sales of the Nissan LEAF continue to follow an upward trend. Rapid chargers may not be necessary for most EV owners, but they sure go a long way in convincing potential EV buyers to take the plunge in the worlds of EVs.