Electric vehicle charging network supports Mayor of London deliver rapid charging promise
A leading electric vehicle charging network has announced the opening of five charging locations across central London.
ChargePoint’s opening of a series of new EV rapid charging locations in London will support the Mayor and Transport for London’s EV Infrastructure Taskforce.
ChargePoint has been part of the EV Infrastructure Taskforce stakeholder group for the last year, working with the Mayor’s Office, TfL and other organisations on setting out the vision for the future of EV charging in London as demand and adoption of electric vehicles continues to grow.
Mayor Sadiq Khan has called for the creation of at least five rapid charging hubs across London for high mileage drivers, such as taxis and delivery vehicles to support the adoption of EVs in high emitting fleets.
ChargePoint has committed to delivering the hardware and software solutions for at least one rapid charging hub in the coming years, in addition to the five public rapid charging locations it has launched in central London. This follows a global commitment of 2.5 million places to charge by 2025, half of which are expected to be deployed throughout Europe.
The five rapid chargers are situated across Central London in Q-Park car parks at key locations including Knightsbridge, Chinatown and Tower Bridge, and can enable up to 200 miles of range per hour (RPH) for drivers that require quick top ups between deliveries, taxi rides or rideshares, allowing drivers to charge quickly on the go.
Mark Kerstens, vice president, Global Fleet Solutions, ChargePoint, said: “We welcome the launch of the Electric Vehicle Taskforce Deliver Plan today and applaud the Mayor for taking the bold measures required to tackle London’s air pollution while enabling the expansion of EV charging throughout London.
“When these measures are implemented in full, London will become a model for clean mobility and one of the most EV-friendly cities in the world.”
Christina Calderato, head of delivery planning for TfL, added: “London’s toxic air reduces the length and quality of lives across the city. Improved electric vehicle infrastructure can support more essential trips being made using zero-emission transport, which will help clean up the air.
“The Mayor’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Delivery Plan shows it’s important for the whole sector to work together to foster the expected uptake of electric vehicles. We welcome Chargepoint’s continued commitment to introducing more charging opportunities in the capital.”
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