Transport for London aiming to expand rapid charging infrastructure across capital

Transport for London (TfL) is seeking companies to develop future charging infrastructure to support ultra-low emission vehicles, including rapid charging technology for commercial vehicle fleets.

The announcement forms part of the mayor’s strategy to improve air quality in the capital, which will see the introduction of the world’s first ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) in London in 2020.

Leon Daniels, TfL’s MD for Surface Transport, said it was important to ensure the right infrastructure was in place to support the ULEZ as more zero-emission capable vehicles start to come to market that are suitable for commercial fleet vehicles.

He added: “The demands of these types of vehicle are significantly different to privately owned electric cars, which is why we are exploring how their charging needs can be met.”

Rapid charge points supply 80% of a full charge in less than 30 minutes so are suitable for supporting the electrification of high mileage urban commercial fleets.

London has more than 1,400 electric vehicle charge points.

A report into the additional requirements and best use for electric charge points is due to be published by TfL this summer.

TfL is also launching a low-emission commercial vehicle programme in the next few months, which will incorporate charging infrastructure into its strategy.