London to receive new electric vehicle charging points
400 extra charging points will be added throughout the city
The announcement comes after an agreement between Transport for London (TfL), Bluepoint London and 16 of the capital’s boroughs.
Bluepoint London is a subsidiary of the French Bollore Group who took over the operation of Source London, the city’s current charge point network for electric vehicles set-up by former Mayor of London Boris Johnson, back in 2014.
As part of the deal, Bluepoint are to assume responsibility for repairing and servicing the network and are required to work steadily toward increasing the total number of charging stations.
Each new station will offer both a £4 monthly fee enabling the payee to use any charging station throughout London or a 3p a minute pay-as-you-go type service. Those charging stations already in operation will continue to be free.
Bluepoint have also created a handy smartphone app displaying a map of London’s charging network designed to help drivers to discover their nearest point. The app will also give drivers the ability to book a spot up to 40 minutes in advance at a charging point.
“In just over two years we’ve made significant progress on improving the state of the network” said Bluepoint’s Managing Director Christophe Arnaud “we’ve removed barriers to facilitate charging and have provided the public with more easy access, on-street locations in London than ever before".
Research has described the many benefits that electric vehicles can bring to the table, including the many health and environmental benefits that come from having less nitrous oxides present in the air.