We need to clean up London's air and rid the Capital of the most polluting vehicles. The Mayor has an ambition to make London's transport network zero carbon by 2050 and bring improvements in air quality as part of the Mayor's Transport Strategy.
To achieve this, we're supporting and accelerating the shift to zero emission technologies, such as electric cars, led by an Electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure delivery plan.
ZEC is the collective term for vehicles that can operate with zero exhaust emissions. Find out more about ZEC vehicles, and get help to choose the right vehicle for you, at Go Ultra Low.
There are three types of ZEC vehicles:
By switching to a zero emission capable vehicle you can save money on fuel costs, reduce harmful vehicle emissions and help clean up London's air.
There are also financial benefits:
Most people charge at home overnight or at their workplace. Grants are available for electric vehicle charging infrastructure at home and at workplaces.
Public charge points can be found on the street and in key destinations such as shopping areas.
The rapid charging network allows faster and more efficient charging of your electric vehicle so you can charge while on the move, usually in 20-30 minutes. We've provided more than 200 rapid charge points across London - and we're committed to installing 300 by the end of 2020.
Slower charge points are also available - these take can 5-8 hours for a full charge. If you are a Londoner who does not have access to off-street parking to charge at home, you can suggest a location for the delivery of an on-street, slow charge point through your borough. Find out how to suggest a location for a new charge point near to where you live.
The London Electric Vehicle Charge Points map is a simplified map of charge points across Greater London and up to the M25. It allows you to find your nearest charging point and filter to find charging points exclusively for taxi and private hire vehicle use.
Charge point maps by Zap-Map shows where many non-TfL funded rapid charge points are installed across London.
The map allows you to check which charge points are available, find your nearest rapid charging point and even plan a driving route to go via a rapid charging point. Zap Map can also be downloaded as an app on your mobile.
Five networks are responsible for installing, operating and maintaining rapid charge points on public land across London:
Most networks offer pay as you go charging and membership schemes for frequent users. Visit the network websites for more information on charging costs.
We're investing £18m and working with the boroughs and other organisations to provide the rapid charging points London needs. Sites are on arterial roads we own and maintain, borough roads, car parks and on private land, including Heathrow Airport and multiple Shell service stations.
Speeding up the switch to electric vehicles is critical to creating a zero emission future. The Mayor's Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure Taskforce, made up of experts representing business, energy, infrastructure, government and London boroughs works to unlock barriers to expanding charging infrastructure and accelerating the switch to EVs in London.
The London electric vehicle infrastructure delivery plan shows fleets, businesses and London's residents that there is a clear way forward towards the right type and amount of charging infrastructure to serve London's needs.
We've created guidance for borough officers and third party organisations to help them with the installation of new EV charge points.
We're making London's taxis to be the greenest in the world. New taxis need to be zero-emission capable to be licensed, and private hire vehicles (minicabs) need to meet new tighter requirements. Dedicated e-taxi bays are being installed to promote the greening of London's iconic black cab fleet. Find out more about our how we're creating greener taxis and greener PHVs.
Go Ultra Low City Scheme (GULCS) is a joint TfL, Greater London Authority and boroughs project that aims to deliver over 1,500 on-street electric charge points for London's residents and car club vehicles by the end of 2020. The project is also funding at least six 'Neighbourhood of the Future' (NoF) projects to test EV charging technologies and policies.
LoCITY is an industry-led programme to help the freight and fleet sector lead the way in improving air quality and reducing carbon emissions.
We publish Ultra Low Emission Vehicle research to help us, the London boroughs and charge point providers put charging infrastructure in the right places.