Mayor of London Sadiq Khan will announce an exciting new phase for London’s electric vehicle infrastructure transformation when speaking at The Evening Standard’s Plug It In Summit at The Design Museum later today (Thursday 24 November)
Khan will reiterate Transport for London’s commitment to developing the city’s electric vehicle infrastructure by announcing a new project which will create 100 new charging bays across London by the end of 2023.
The ‘Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Delivery Project’ will create bays in 25 strategic locations on some of London’s busiest roads, which will be essential for high mileage drivers seeking convenient charging points across the capital. The tender process for the first batch of sites will kick off at the end of November for charge point operators to bid for.
The mayor will make the announcement during the closing keynote at today’s Plug It In Summit, hosted by the Evening Standard. Policy makers, business leaders, innovators and industry experts are convening for a day of fireside chats and panel discussions focusing on delivering a realistic plan for the electrification of London’s transport.
The aim of the Plug It In Summit is to create a global electric city blueprint, an ambition which is supported by the Mayor of London, who has pledged to deliver a Net Zero city by 2030.
Jack Lefley, acting editor at the Evening Standard, said: “Earlier this month we reported that London’s car pollution levels have reached their highest concentrations since the start of the pandemic, in a stark reminder of the urgency of the electrification agenda.
“We’re delighted that so many individuals and organisations with a stake in driving towards a greener, cleaner London are participating in today’s landmark Plug It In Summit, and are encouraged by the announcements made by the Mayor today.”
The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “I am in no doubt that the shift to electric vehicles is imperative to cleaning up our air and bringing down harmful emissions. As a city, we’ve travelled an impressive distance in a relatively short period of time in terms of rolling out the necessary infrastructure and encouraging the uptake of electric vehicles.
“But the gravity of the threats we face from the climate crisis and toxic air pollution demand that we now redouble our efforts and go even further, even faster.
“Today I am announcing the first batch of new ultra fast charging points on key roads going out to tender, 100 of these vital pieces of EV infrastructure will be operational by the end of next year, joining London’s more than 11,000 charging points.
“This step is key to ultimately building a better London for everyone – a city that is greener, safer, fairer and more prosperous for all. Together, as a city, I’m confident we can bring this vision to life and usher in a new, healthier, electric age for London.”
Plug It In is a multi-channel, editorially-led campaign with two objectives: to help Londoners better understand the electric vehicle landscape and to drive forward the electric conversation on a policy level, at both a local and global scale.