The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched a taskforce to boost the infrastructure needed to support electric vehicles in the capital.
Representatives from the bus and CV industries – including SMMT – are among the taskforce members, whose job will be to review and optimise the EV charging infrastructure in the capital, with a focus on getting individuals and business to adopt EV technology to improve air quality.
Electric buses and taxis are already growing in popularity, while so far more than 100 rapid charging points have been installed – but more of the 30-minute battery boosters are needed if EVs are to be attractive to all businesses.
Other taskforce members include the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and the Freight Transport Association (FTA).
Sadiq Khan said, “We’ve received huge support for this new taskforce, showing it is not just an environment or transport issue but one that is vital to the future of our city, and organisations across all sectors are stepping up and accepting they have a part to play.”
The full list of taskforce members is as follows:
- British Electrotechnical and Allied Manufacturers Association (BEAMA)
- British Retail Consortium
- Cross River Partnership
- Energy UK
- Federation of Small Businesses
- Freight Transport Association
- London Councils
- London First
- Office for Low Emission Vehicles
- RAC Foundation
- Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
- Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)
- Shell UK
- SSE Enterprise
- UK Power Networks