London mayor Sadiq Khan has announced £4.5m to help councils install up to 1,500 on-street charging points across the capital.
Twenty-five boroughs will each receive up to £300,000 to install standard-speed on-street charging points in residential areas.
Transport for London (TfL), London Councils and the Greater London Authority have announced that £4.48m from the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles’ Go Ultra Low City Scheme has been allocated to councils.
TfL said the funding will also support innovative new approaches such as using lamp posts as the base and power supply for charge points. It said this is ‘cheaper, quicker and easier to install with less impact on the streetscape’.
Mr Khan said: ‘This substantial investment in electric charging points will make a real difference, making electric vehicles an easier and more practical option for Londoners across our city.
‘We have a bold ambition to make London’s transport system zero emission by 2050, and working with boroughs to roll out more charging infrastructure is a vital part of making this a reality.’
He called on ministers to ‘step up their investment in charging infrastructure to ensure every Londoner can look at moving to electric vehicles over the coming years’.
London boroughs have sought funding allocations based on perceived demand and electric vehicle take-up. Their teams will now work to identify sites where charging points could be installed.
TfL and the mayor are promoting electric vehicles to lower emissions and tackle what they call ‘London’s polluted air’. Air pollution contributes to 40,000 premature deaths annually in the UK, more than 9,000 of which are in London.