londoners buying electric cars soars as capital shifts to becoming green city
© PA Archive Electric Car Charging Stations – London

Soaring number of Londoners are buying electric cars as the capital steps up its shift to becoming a green city.

So far this year, the number of new pure electric cars purchased in London has jumped 95 per cent, compared to last year, from 6,584 to 12,857.

After a big expansion of charging points, there are now more than 8,400 in the capital, meaning more than three in ten of them across the UK are in London, paving the way for more Londoners to go electric.

Appealing to Londoners to switch to electric vehicles for the city’s green transformation, Mayor Sadiq Khan stressed: “There is much more to do and we need to go even further and even faster.”

Pledging to “unlock” public sector land for another 1,000 rapid charge points by 2030, he added: “I’m determined for London to become the greenest city in the world – driving green innovation and jobs and pioneering solutions to decarbonise our transport system and economy.”

So far this year, 48,527 pure electric cars have been bought in London and the wider South East.

Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said, “Electric car sales are rising fast, with an ever-growing choice of new models on the market. London and the South East are leading the charge but to accelerate the transition to zero emission motoring, especially in urban areas where many people do not have a dedicated parking space or driveway, urgent action is needed to improve our charging network.”

Around one in ten cars being purchase are now electric, double the proportion of last year, with London at the top of the league table of European cities for the number of charging points.

“As the demand for electric vehicles continues to grow at an incredible rate, it is great to see London leading the way among European cities in charging provision,” said Melanie Shufflebotham, co-founder of Zap-Map, a leading EV charging app.

London has just over 700 rapid/very rapid chargers and the city will need far more of these, as well as tens of thousands more less powerful overnight on-street chargers.

Hackney Mayor Philip Glanville, Chair of London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee, said: “Through the Go Ultra Low Cities Scheme, boroughs have delivered almost 5,000 on-street residential chargepoints and are working hard to deliver more, making it easier for Londoners to make the switch to electric vehicles and reduce harmful emissions across the capital.”

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