GREEN-FINGERED NCP INSTALLS ELECTRIC CHARGE POINTS ACROSS THE CAPITAL
16 March 2011
by Hannah Edwards in
NCP, the UK’s largest car park provider, has completed the installation of 34 electric charge points in car parks across London.
As part of its collaboration with Transport for London’s ‘Source London’ – a campaign to create a city wide electric vehicle charging network – NCP has installed charge points across the whole of its London estate, (not including car parks owned by London Underground).
In partnership with Transport for London (TfL), NCP has played a key part in providing locations for the network, which aims to install approximately 1200 charging points across London, 100 of which will be in NCP car parks by the end of March 2011. Discussions are also taking place with other UK cities to develop a national network of charge points for electric vehicle drivers.
Currently electric vehicle drivers have to register in each separate borough they want to use charge points in, but once Source London has been launched, drivers will be able to sign up for the scheme online. The network will create a single visual identity for electric driving across the capital, allowing its members to charge their vehicles at any one of the public points for no more than a £100 annual fee.
In preparation for the new network a website, www.sourcelondon.net, has been launched to provide a 'one stop shop' of information on electric vehicles, including charge point locations across the city.
The campaign, headed up by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, forms part of the Electric Vehicle Delivery Plan published by the Mayor, aiming to increase the number of electric vehicles in London to improve air quality. Producing no emissions at the tailpipe and up to 40 per cent less CO2 than their diesel and petrol counterparts, electric vehicles are the nearest to market green technology.
Coupled with the Government’s newly available £5,000 consumer incentive grant for electric vehicles, the charging points mark the beginning of what should be a landmark year for a greener Capital.
Jo Cooper, NCP’s CEO said; “We are delighted to be involved in this initiative. We passionately believe that finding new, sustainable ways of providing energy is vital to all our futures, and London is leading the way by promoting the use of electric vehicles. We’re glad to offer our help by hosting such a large number of the proposed charge points at our car parks. We hope London’s example will soon be echoed by other towns and cities looking to embrace electric vehicles as part of their sustainability agenda.”