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Zipcar unveils Flex EV car sharing vision for London


London Mayor Sadiq Khan has launched a taskforce aimed at boosting electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure in the city, just days after car sharing firm Zipcar introduced more than 300 Volkswagen e-Golfs to its platform to create the UK's largest pool of publicly available shared EVs.

The new Zipcar fleet will be based in London, with the first 100 EVs being made available to members by summer and the fleet scaled up to 325 by the end of 2018.

Zipcar said in a statement that it hopes growing its EV fleet will “take electric driving from niche to mainstream in the capital”, adding that shared access will “help break down the current barriers to EV adoption” such as purchase costs and concerns over charging infrastructure.

“With over 200,000 Zipcar members now in London, we are already seeing Londoners embracing car sharing rather than car owning in growing numbers,” Zipcar UK’s general manager, Jonathan Hampson, added. “If we are to achieve healthier, cleaner streets, as set out in the Mayor of London’s latest Transport Strategy, this change away from car ownership and towards car access is essential.”

The Transport Strategy, launched in February 2018, has a headline target of making London’s transport system zero-emission by 2050. This relies on 80% of journeys around the capital being made on foot, by bicycle or by public transport, with greener vehicles accounting for the remaining 20%.

To build on this, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has today (31 May) announced the creation of a new taskforce to boost EV uptake across the city. The taskforce comprises of 16 organisations including UK Power Networks, the British Retail Consortium and the RAC Foundation. A deliver plan will be published next year.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, said: “I’m delighted to launch a new Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Taskforce today, bringing together industry, businesses and the public sector to work together to deliver electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the capital. London’s filthy air is a public health crisis, and encouraging more Londoners to switch from diesel to electric vehicles is critical in tackling it.

“We’ve received huge support for this new taskforce, showing it is not just an environment or transport issue but one that is vital to the future of our city, and organisations across all sectors are stepping up and accepting they have a part to play. This initiative will support London boroughs and ensure electric vehicle infrastructure is installed in the right places, and help make our city an even better place to live.”

London has more rapid charging points installed than New York, Stockholm and Madrid, while EVs in the city account for 10% of the UK’s total. Around 2,000 standard charge points can be found in London, while 150 rapid charge points will be in place by the end of 2018.