London mayor Sadiq Khan is bidding to avoid a potential electric vehicle charger deficit in the capital with the launch of a new taskforce.
Khan’s newly announced Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Taskforce includes 16 organisations, with representatives from business, energy and infrastructure, as well as the Government and London boroughs, to focus on improving the city’s charging infrastructure.
The group’s arrival comes as the UK’s plug-in vehicle market has seen unprecedented rates of growth. Last month, plug-in car sales (including full EVs and plug-in hybrids) surged by 50%, pushing the UK electrified fleet beyond 200,000 vehicles.
Since London is home to the largest proportion of these plug-in vehicles, many industry experts have begun to suggest that not enough is being done to ensure they can be effectively supported.
Several recent charger schemes have seen the number of plugs in the capital grow, such as the arrival of 100 new chargers, which are compatible with the new LEVC TX electric London cabs. But with a ban on the sale of non-plug-in cars from 2040 announced by the Government, estimates suggest the UK will require 31.2 million chargers to be available by 2040 - although this includes chargers at home and places of work, where around 70% of electrified vehicle charging currently takes place.
So far, government-backed charger schemes in London have been handled by Transport for London. But the new London taskforce creates a specialist group that is designed to more efficiently roll out chargers in partnerships with companies from the private sector.