London to become Europe’s e-car capital, says Mayor (May 24, 2009) — London Mayor Boris Johnson has announced plans to make the city the electric vehicle capital of Europe.

mayorHe also declared plans to create a “Dedicated Electric Vehicle Centre of Excellence” (DEVCoE) within the Greater London Authority (GLA) to help deliver on his plan.

To get this goal, he has to encourage 100,000 EVs onto the city’s streets as soon as possible and straighten an e-car charging infrastructure to the tune of 25,000 charging points – all by 2015.

The DEVCoE will liaise with other member cities of the Climate Leadership Group – known as the C40 group – that are developing – or at least thinking about developing – EV infrastructures.

There are cities like Seoul, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Toronto, Delhi, Sao Paulo, Beijing and Sydney are members of C40.
The 2500 charging posts will be installed by the GLA. The remaining 22,500 will installed by the GLA working with the boroughs and other partners.

To get this goal, incentives will be given as free parking and Congestion Charge exemption.

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