Suburban London could be left behind in EV charge

New research claims the capital is not equipped for net zero desires

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Those living in suburban London, outside the hustle-and-bustle of the city centre, could be left behind in the electric vehicle (EV) revolution due to a lack of charging infrastructure.

That’s according to analysis from PwC and London First, which found that the shift to electric will be hindered by residential London’s inability to keep up with net zero demands.

The report is calling for there to be a heavy focus and ‘turbo-charge’ when it comes to EV infrastructure installations – to keep the UK’s net zero target in sight.

London will require up to 60,000 charging points to meet demand by 2030 – with only 9,600 currently installed.

The analysis has stated that increasing the accessibility to public charge points in residential parts of the capital could reduce carbon emissions by up to 2.6 million tonnes by 2030.

John Kavanagh, Infrastructure at London First, said: “A public-private data collaboration led by London First and our members under the Data for London Framework will help decision makers at the local and national level to visualise how to optimise the location and delivery of much needed charging infrastructure.

“This will enable public and private investment and stimulate demand for EVs, while helping support the capital’s transition to net zero by 2030.”