London councils bid for electric car funding

The London Councils group has joined forces with the Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL) and submitted a joint bid for £20 million in funding from the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV).

The bid outlines measures to tackle the current shortage of charging points in the capital, including installing more charging points in residential areas, in car club bays and for commercial vehicles.

“Ultra low emission vehicles have the potential to improve air quality in London and this will have a direct impact on people’s health,” said the Chair of London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee, Cllr Julian Bell.

“The harm caused by vehicle emissions is undeniable and London Councils is determined to support the boroughs in tackling this problem. London’s bid makes a clear and compelling case for OLEV to invest in London’s vision for its ultra-low emission future.”

Deputy Mayor of London for Environment and Energy, Matthew Pencharz, said: “Ultra Low Emission Vehicles are a vital part of our vision for a cleaner, greener London and this funding would help us build the infrastructure that we need to make those vehicles more accessible and attractive to Londoners.

“We have already put in place the most ambitious range of measures to combat emissions of any city in the world, and helping increase the number of ultra-low emission private vehicles is the next important step.”

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues