Transport for London gets first Mitsubishi i-MiEVs; more EVs to follow

Transport for London (TfL) has today introduced four Mitsubishi i-MiEVs into its fleet as part of a plan by Mayor Boris Johnson to make London the electric vehicle capital of Europe.

The four new i-MiEVs have been part-funded by the Government's Low Carbon Procurement Programme, and mark the first step to introducing 1,000 electric vehicles to TfL's fleet over the next few years.

The use of EVs in mainstream use is forecast to increase throughout the next few years, and the Mayor aims to have 1,600 charge points installed across London within a year. He hopes to have 25,000 points in place by 2015.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “Very soon electric vehicles and the apparatus needed to support them will be a common sight on London's streets. We are doing all we can to make it as easy as possible for Londoners to choose electric and by opting for these vehicles in our own fleets, we are helping to stimulate demand and show off their benefits including considerably cheaper running costs."

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28 June 2010

Waste of £140,000

28 June 2010

[quote Autocar]and mark the first step to introducing 1,000 electric vehicles to TfL's fleet over the next few years.[/quote] If TfL's remit in life is to minimise the use of cars in London, what the hell do they have a fleet of over 1000 vehicles for, or do they count all the buses in that number.


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28 June 2010

I can picture a Betamax Video Recorder & HD DVD Player sitting in Boris' TV Cabinet.

28 June 2010

its all well and good having it in London, but what about the rest of the country???

28 June 2010

When the new Nissan Leaf is due out soon, is cheaper and has more space you'd have thought they'd wait for the Leaf. Especially as by 2012 it will be made in the U.K. The thing is these "pool cars" for local government are perfect for electrification - they're taken out over relatively short distances (when IC engines are at their least efficient), have zero tailpipe emissions, are returned and plugged in, someone takes it out a couple of hours later, plugs it back in, full recharge overnight and ready to go again in the morning.

28 June 2010

[quote superstevie]its all well and good having it in London, but what about the rest of the country???[/quote]

Why would the Mayor of London be responsible for what happens in the rest of the country???

28 June 2010

[quote theonlydt]When the new Nissan Leaf is due out soon, is cheaper and has more space you'd have thought they'd wait for the Leaf.[/quote]

As i read it, they bought 4 Mitsubishis now and plan to buy 1,000 electric cars soon (note: not 1,000 Mitsubishis). I think Nissan will get a fair chunk of those 1,000 cars, as will the Vauxhall Ampera if they ever build it here.

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