London’s Electric Vehicle Uptake Lagging Behind Mayor’s Expectations

3 years ago by Eric Loveday 3

BMW i3 In London

BMW i3 In London

Obligatory Shot Of Nissan LEAF In Front Of European Landmark

Obligatory Shot Of Nissan LEAF In Front Of European Landmark

The BBC is reporting the following:

“London’s mayor has only achieved 3% of his target of having 100,000 electric vehicles in the city, it has emerged.”

Additionally, the BBC claims that Mayor Boris Johnson had targeted 25,000 charging points in London by 2015, but only 1,408 are there today.

Mayor Johnson insists that the city is still on target for 100,000 plug-in vehicles on the roads by 2020.  The increased uptake in the coming years will come mainly from the city’s promise to install more rapid chargers.  As Isabelle Dedring, the deputy mayor for transport states:

“We’ve always thought that around 2020 might be the mark when that’s achievable (having 100,000 electric vehicles) and that’s in line with industry expectations as well.

“Our experience has been people are not wanting to charge at trickle posts.”

“Instead, what we’re bringing in is support for people to charge at home but we’re also putting in a rapid charging network, which is much more like going to the petrol station.”

We’ve witnesses this increased uptake as rapid chargers get installed right here in the US.  For example, in states likes Washington where rapid chargers are becoming increasingly common, sales of the Nissan LEAF continue to follow an upward trend.  Rapid chargers may not be necessary for most EV owners, but they sure go a long way in convincing potential EV buyers to take the plunge in the worlds of EVs.

Source: BBC

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3 responses to "London’s Electric Vehicle Uptake Lagging Behind Mayor’s Expectations"

  1. BBC on EVs … sounds like a TopGear story.

    The article states the City of London has 3,000 (of the 13,000) EVs in the UK. It is also worth noting that PEV registerations in July 2014 for UK were 1052 increasing from 325 in July 2013. http://www.smmt.co.uk/2014/08/july-2014-ev-registrations/

    Note: the government program to deploy EVSE was recently paused to deal with oversight and equipment operational issues. This explains partly why “only 57% of the charging points were used in the first three months of this year”. The other major issue with London is parking space in general, meaning a majority of EVSE charging points are ICE’d most of the day, thus not open to PEV access! (Go figure … why not used) in cities where parking space is a premium, rapid DC charging makes sense by requiring only one charging stall to service many PEVs per day. London currently has about 25 CHAdeMO charging locations. Ecotricity, a main DCFC renewable energy and DCFC network provider will have two DCFC chargers at each of its locations by year-end. A great confidence builder for PEV driver concerned with a DCFC station failing, or being used when needed.

    Not covered in BBC story is that London is a zero-emissions zone, meaning a tax is collected for vehicles traveling in the city that are not zero-emission. (this includes an annual registeration fee based on vehicles carbon footprint and per trip fees) All electric vehicles are exempt.

    Currently the LEAF accounts for ~40% of EV sales in the UK. The RHD Model S was recently introduced as well as Nissan’s eNV200 van, so expect a major up-tick in PEV adoption in UK, and London for remainder of 2014.

  2. Mike says:

    That’s ok. They’ll be able to breath the FUMES of the Refinery’s being set up to crack tar sands in Belgium.

    Total SA and Exxon both to send 1 Billion each to upgrade their refineries to crack tar sands.

    Doing Nothing has Vast Negative Consequences.

  3. Aaron says:

    That “European Landmark” is the Tower Bridge.