London on course for ‘charge rage’ epidemic unless demand for electric car charging points is met

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– Report finds capital could have just one charger for every 15 cars by 2031
– Electric vehicle registrations growing by 172 per cent every five years
– Calls for Mayor to invest more in rapid-charging points

London’s roads could see a ‘charge rage’ epidemic if the predicted demand for electric car charging points is not met, according to a new report.

‘Clearing the Air’, by London Assembly member Shaun Bailey, found the installation of electric charging points is occurring at an unsatisfactorily slow rate compared with the uptake of electric vehicles.

Latest Department for Transport figures show electric car sales are increasing by 174 per cent every five years. Current installation rates of electric charging points however means there will be just one available for every 15 electric cars on the road by 2031.

What’s more, many of the charging points currently being installed – including the 1,500 recently announced by Sadiq Khan – are ‘standard’ or ‘slow’ speed, taking between six and eight hours to fully-charge a vehicle.

The USA has already seen spates of ‘charge rage’ – disputes among motorists competing over a shortage of charging points.

Mr Bailey’s report recommends the Mayor abolishes his costly plans to expand the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) and instead invests some of the money in rapid electric charging points – which can charge a vehicle in under an hour.

London Assembly member and report author Shaun Bailey said:

“If London is going to fully support the adoption of electric vehicles on our roads we need adequate charging infrastructure in place.

“This report found London is not preparing to provide the right number and quality of charging points to meet predicted demand.

“The adoption of electric vehicles would go a long way to improving London’s air quality. In contrast, the Mayor’s plans to expand the ULEZ will have a negligible impact on emissions.

“That is why I’m urging the Mayor to abandon those plans and instead invest some of the money in improved electric-charging infrastructure.”

ENDS.

Notes
– Shaun Bailey is the GLA Conservatives’ spokesman for environment
– Clearing the Air makes ten alternative proposals to the Mayor’s plans for improving London’s air quality, funded by the abolishment of his plans to extend the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone, estimated in a previous report to cost £780million.

Among the proposals, the report recommends:
– The Mayor spends £30million installing 1,363 rapid-charging points in London (Transport for London currently plans to install just 300 rapid charging points by 2020) – See page 19 and 20 of report
– The Mayor replaces a third of London’s bus fleet with 2,200 hybrid buses to significantly reduce emissions on busy roads
– The GLA reassesses how it measures the impact of poor air quality to better inform the general public and Mayoral policy

The report: "Clearing the Air: Developing a more targeted approach to tackling London’s pollution problem" can be accessed at: www.glaconservatives.co.uk/cta/
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