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London electric car scheme secures 17m funding

Electric car being charged in central London
At present, there are more than 250 charging points in London

London Mayor Boris Johnson has secured £17m for electric car charge points for the capital.

The money will fund 1,600 charge points over the next twelve months, increasing to a network of 7,500 charging points by spring 2013, according to the mayor.

This cash will contribute to the delivery of Mr Johnson's target of 25,000 charge points in London by 2015.

By that year, the mayor says no Londoner will be more than a mile from a charging point.

The secured funding consists of £9.3m from the Department for Transport, £5.6m from Transport for London (TfL) and £7.6m from other organisations.

'Healthy step'

Of the 7,500 charge points planned for 2013, 6000 are intended to be installed at work places, 500 on the streets, 330 in public car parks, 50 at Tube stations, 140 in supermarket car parks and 120 at car clubs.

"I am absolutely thrilled that the Government has recognised the collective commitment to electric vehicle use in the capital," said Mr Johnson.

Electric vehicles are still cars, so they still cause congestion, disruption, casualties and deaths on the roads
Jenny Jones, Green Party

"We will now be able to significantly speed up our existing plans for an unprecedented introduction of electric vehicle infrastructure, sealing London's status as the electric capital of Europe."

Jenny Jones, Green Party member for the London Assembly, said the announcement was "a healthy first step".

But she warned: "Electric vehicles are still cars, so they still cause congestion, disruption, casualties and deaths on the roads."

"They are part of the solution, but don't fix the other problems that all cars cause"

Murad Qureshi, Labour's environment spokesman on the London Assembly, said: "We have to be very careful not to get too carried away with electric vehicles as a panacea for our transport woes.

"The mayor needs to do more to encourage people out of their cars."

At present there are more than 250 charging points in London, over half funded by TfL, with 1,700 electric vehicles currently registered.

The mayor wants 100,000 electric vehicles in the capital by 2020.

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