The mayor said he wanted the city to spearhead the revolution in electric cars and electric bikes. He pointed out his environment chief was already “on the case”, and that the issue was also being considered by the electric vehicle working group.
“I think we should be making London the electric capital of Europe, and that’s why we are going to be greatly expanding our support for charging points around London.
“We have been talking to manufacturers about the possibility about switching to, or indeed creating, electric vehicles in this city.”
The Greater London Authority has a fleet of 8,000 vehicles. Johnson wants at least half of them replaced with electrical vehicles as oon as possible.
However, he warned that considerable sums were necessary in order to invest in a technology that is “almost there … but not quite”.
“I want to see real progress towards us identifying London as the electric capital by June, but we have to be clear this is something we can’t do without government assistance and we have to do it jointly with central government, ” he said.
Source: The Guardian