Transport for London has granted Bluepoint London responsibility to maintain and expand the capital's charger network
Sam Sheehan
28 September 2016

Four hundred new electric vehicle charging points will be added to London’s streets by the end of 2016 following a deal between charger specialist Bluepoint London, Transport for London (TfL) and 16 city boroughs.

The deal will give the company responsibility for expanding the capital’s charging point network as well as maintaining and operating charge points in the agreed areas.

To help EV drivers find and reserve free charging points, Bluepoint London has developed an interactive map that runs via a smartphone app.

Chargers can be booked up to 40 minutes in advance to help prevent queues and maximise each charger’s use.

Source London – Bluepoint London's electric charging network operator - will offer a £4 monthly membership fee and pay-as-you go rates of 3.6p per minute for the new charge points. Older charge points will continue to be free to use.

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.” 

Bluepoint London has already invested £30 million into Source London and says it will continue to work closely with London Boroughs and the Mayor’s office to add more charge points across London.

“We will maintain a transparent and fair fee structure for all EV users,” added Arnaud.

Demand for electric vehicles in Britain has soared in recent months, and London in particular has been an area of rapid growth.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has emphasised the importance of using low and zero-emission vehicles to clean up the city’s air. He announced a new T-charge for high polluting vehicles during the summer and wants to expand London’s Ultra-Low-Emission Zone.

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jer

28 September 2016
Sounds a wee bit token.

28 September 2016
Another stupid charge by time instead of kW scheme. It killed the Ecotricity network where hundreds of chargers now lay dormant and unused. Charging takes as long as it takes..its not like you can hurry it along! - it needs a more intelligent solution to bay hogging.

28 September 2016
The Apprentice wrote:

Another stupid charge by time instead of kW scheme. It killed the Ecotricity network where hundreds of chargers now lay dormant and unused. Charging takes as long as it takes..its not like you can hurry it along! - it needs a more intelligent solution to bay hogging.

I assume that one of the big problems with recharging your battery car when away from home is when you find a recharging point occupied by a car that has been left unattended at the charging point once it's charging has been completed. For electric cars to become mainstream we would need hundreds of thousands of public charging points and they would have to be all across Britain not just in big towns where milages driven are small.

28 September 2016
Given the bulk of the population don't live in London what about the UK.

28 September 2016
Not quite as important as some might think as most EV users would source power from the cheapest point that would be at home. Plus, EV range increases with every model making charging points like this less necessary. 3.6p a minute, what the hell does this mean? Do petrol pumps charge be minute

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

28 September 2016
Meanwhile the sales of plug in electric cars and hybrids is in decline since the purchase grants have been reduced.

28 September 2016
Campervan wrote:

Meanwhile the sales of plug in electric cars and hybrids is in decline since the purchase grants have been reduced.

Evidence for your electric sales decline please. For example Zoe sales have increased every full year since 2013, BMW i3 increased every year since on sale, Telsa will almost certainly improve on 2015. Oh and then there's the Leaf sales (INCREASING NOT DECLINING) 5241(2015), 3965(2014), 1779(2013), 688(2012), 637(2011) you were saying what about Electric vehicles?

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

28 September 2016
Campervan wrote:

Meanwhile the sales of plug in electric cars and hybrids is in decline since the purchase grants have been reduced.

Any decline is not so much due to the lower grants, that makes only relatively modest increases in the lease prices. The fact the government have decided to ramp up hybrid company car tax rates disproportionately over the next few years and Ecotricity the only rapid charge network has decided to charge twice as much for electricity as running a car on petrol would cost would be the reasons...

28 September 2016
Can we have some additional chargers around the rest of the country too, please? There is life beyond the capital...


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28 September 2016
Mini2 wrote:

Can we have some additional chargers around the rest of the country too, please? There is life beyond the capital...

totally agree! after Ecotricity went down the drain the only other national network, Polar has chargers in odd places, none on my usual routes and very few rapid chargers. OF course EV's are ideal for London, small distances at crawling speeds are what they do best and due to chronic over-population, pollution is a crisis there.

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