Boris reveals London's electric capital

* Mayor confirms 1300 charging points * Network operational in 2013 * Project called Source London...

Boris reveals London's electric capital

London Mayor Boris Johnson has revealed plans to make London the 'electric car capital of Europe'.

The Mayor's scheme includes the installation of 1300 electric vehicle charging points throughout London.

He confirmed the charging network, named Source London, should be operational by 2013. However, the 1300 charging points are a long way short of the Mayor's original plans for 25,000 installations by 2015.

Mr Johnson said: 'Already there are more electric drivers in London than anywhere else in the UK, but we are now entering an incredibly exciting period in electric motoring. Major manufacturers are gearing up to launch more affordable, practical electric cars over the next few years, while the cost of traditional fuels is making petrol-free driving an increasingly attractive option.'

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said: 'Following the first round of our Plugged-in-Places scheme, cities such London are laying the groundwork for a national charge point network.'

'Single visual identity'
The Source London project will be designed to create a 'single visual identity' for the charging network and will be available to motorists for an annual membership fee of 'no more than 100'.

Transport for London will offer the 'Source' brand to other UK cities that want to create a similar scheme.

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