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Increase in London charging points gives EV a boost

May 26, 2011

A new scheme has opened in London providing 150 new charging points for electric vehicles, taking the capital’s total to 400.

Under the ‘Source London’ campaign, citizens will be able to pay a flat fee of £100 per year for access to the city’s charging points. It is hoped that this improvement will increase public uptake of electric vehicles, helping drivers overcome ‘range anxiety’ – the concern that they will need to recharge the car’s battery after 100 miles of travel.

Mayor Boris Johnson aims to make London the electric car capital of Europe, providing 1300 charging points by the year 2013. The city faces some healthy competition from Berlin and Paris, where ambitious EV systems are also in development.

Read the full story in The Guardian.