Londoners slow to deliver on Boris's plan for 100,000 electric vehicles

Boris JohnsonAccording to a new report released by the London Assembly today, Mayor Boris Johnson still has a long way to go in his aim to see 100,000 electric vehicles on the streets of London.

Currently, the Mayor is just 2% of the way towards his goal of making London the electric car capital of Europe.
He said this almost three-years ago in front of fellow international mayors in Seoul, yet there are just 2,313 electric vehicles in London currently. According to the Guardian, this is just 588 more than when he made this statement.

There's no doubt that the public are still wary of electric vehicles, (there are less than 50 on the Greater London Authority (GLA) fleet alone) but Boris has so far failed to deliver on his charging point plans.

Despite more than £1million given to boroughs between 2008 and 2010 to install charge points, there are just 400 at the moment. This is well down on his recent target of 1300 by the end of next year and the original target of 25,000 by 2015.

Murad Qureshi AM, Environment Committee Chair said of the report:"If the Mayor wants to encourage more Londoners to drive electric vehicles, he must demonstrate that the charging network is adequate and fits with the way people will actually charge their vehicles.

It is unclear at the moment whether it is delivering value for money given the sums already spent on it."

If the Major wants to succeed with the strategy, I think he needs to work with car manufacturers like he did with Smart Electric Drive car to raise public awareness and knowledge about electric vehicles.

It might also be worth considering adopting a similar electric car hire scheme to the Autolib in Paris, which was launched last year.
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