Transport for London (TfL) today launched an £18m scheme to ensure the drivers of electric cars in the capital will never be far from plugging in.
Rapid charging points, which juice vehicles up in just 30 minutes, are to be installed across London as part of the scheme.
Five firms were selected following a competitive tendering process and will install the new network. Some 75 charging points will be in the ground by the end of the year, with the first in place "in a matter of months", TfL said.
The number of places to charge is scheduled to double by the end of 2018 and reach 300 fully functioning points by 2020.
The Centrica Consortium, BluepointLondon, Chargemaster, Electricity Supply Board (ESB) and Fastned were selected by TfL, as part of a broader push to "ditch the most polluting vehicles and go electric to help clean up London’s filthy air".
TfL director of surface strategy and planning Ben Plowden said: “Urgent action needs to be taken to clean up London’s toxic air and rid the capital of the most polluting vehicles. An extensive rapid charging network is fundamental in helping drivers make the shift from fossil fuels to electric."
New taxis licensed in London after 1 January 2018 will need to be zero-emission capable and the charging network will have an important role to play in making London’s black cab fleet green. Many charging points will be dedicated exclusively to black cabs, TfL said.