Number of electric vehicle charging points in London to be boosted by 400

Number of electric vehicle charging points in London to be boosted by 400
London is to receive an additional 400 charging points for electric vehicles by the end of 2016, it has been announced.

It follows an agreement between Transport for London (TfL), charging point provider Bluepoint London and 16 of the capital’s boroughs.

Bluepoint, a subsidiary of the French Bollore Group, already controls a number of charging stations across the city.

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But the deal will see the company assume greater responsibility for increasing the total number of charging points.

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In addition, the company will be expected to maintain and operate the charging network.

It has developed a smartphone app that will allow drivers of plug-in and hybrid vehicles to reserve a time slot at one of the stations.

The app will also allow owners of electric vehicles to locate their closest station on an interactive map.

It is hoped the app will help to prevent queues forming at the charging points and give each driver the chance to get the most use out of them.

Bluepoint runs Source London, the name for the charge point network that serves much of the capital.

Source London was set up in by former Mayor of London Boris Johnson in a bid to boost the infrastructure supporting EVs.

It will offer a £4 monthly fee for use of the new charging points, as well as a pay-as-you-go service that is expected to cost around 3p per minute.

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Existing charge stations run by Source London will continue to be free to use.

The network has already received some £30 million pounds of investment from its parent company to improve the service.

Christophe Arnaud, Bluepoint London’s managing director said: “In just over two years we’ve made significant progress to improve the state of the network, remove barriers to facilitate charging and provide easier access to points with more on-street locations in London than ever before.” 

It comes after research carried out by the European Environment Agency marred the green credentials of electric vehicles by suggesting they could lead to an increase in polluting power stations.

Nevertheless, the research also praised the many benefits that electric vehicles stand to bring, such as decreasing the amount of pollution from harmful nitrogen oxides.

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