Only yesterday we brought news of a new report claiming that green car sales will reach £1.2 billion in London alone next year. Fortunately the infrastructure is also being rapidly put in place to facilitate such a boom. EDF Energy, one of the UK’s leading energy companies, announced recently that it will be helping local councils across the UK install 250 electric vehicle charging points free of charge by March 2008, in partnership with charging point manufacturer Elektromotive. So far coucils that have already committed to installing the charging posts include Sheffield Borough Council, Islington Borough Council, Camden Council and Lambeth Council. Peter Thorn, Head of Innovations and Partnerships at EDF described the motivation for the scheme:
"As concern for the environment grows, motorists are no longer only interested in what their car looks like, or how fast it can go. [Our] research shows that drivers are increasingly demanding transport options that don’t have such a detrimental effect on the world we live in.
EDF Energy recognises the role EV’s can play in helping reduce the 85 million tonnes of CO2 our motor vehicles emit each year, which is why we’ve joined forces with Elektromotive to call on local councils to help make these vehicles a more viable alternative for motorists in the UK."
Anyone wanting to know how they can get EV charging points in their neighbourhood should contact Elektromotive or EDF for more details. For another type of on street charging facility, check out our post on Park and Power. ::Travel Footprint::via GoinGreen::