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.

Watch a video of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor at the launch event where they set out its aims and read the delivery plan.

Car parked and using a rapid charge point

Zero emission capable (ZEC) vehicles

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:

  • 100% pure electric vehicles are powered by a battery which drives the electric motor. They have no exhaust emissions. Battery electric vehicles typically have a range of around 80 miles but some can achieve up to 300 miles
  • Plug-in hybrid and range-extended electric vehicles also have a conventional diesel or petrol engine, meaning they have a longer range than with a battery alone
  • Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles have a fuel cell which uses hydrogen to produce electricity and power the vehicle's wheels. They typically have a range of around 300 miles

Benefits

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:

Charging your vehicle

Most people charge at home overnight or at their workplace. The rapid charging network allows faster and more efficient charging of your electric vehicle so you can charge whilst on the move.

Public charge points can be found on the street and in key destinations such as shopping areas. Rapid charge points can charge an electric vehicle battery in 20-30 minutes. There are also regular charge points take 7-8 hours for a full charge.

We've provided more than 200 rapid charge points across London - and we're committed to installing 300 by the end of 2020. Grants are available for electric vehicle charging infrastructure at home and at workplaces.

Mayor's map of electric vehicle charge points

The London Electric Vehicle Charge Points map is a simplified map of rapid charge points across Greater London and up to the M25. It allows you to find your nearest rapid charging point and filter to find charging points exclusively for taxi and private hire vehicle use.

Other rapid charge points

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.

New rapid charge points

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.

Street side vehicle charging point

Electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure delivery plan

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.

Support for electric vehicles in London

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.