Source London bolsters EV charging network, on track for 3,000 this year


Public electric vehicle charging operator Source London is to install a further 100 charge points this spring, and said it is on track to hit 3,000 charge points across the capital by the year end.

Kingston Council in south west London is the latest of the network’s twenty partner boroughs. It struck a no-capex agreement with the operator to install new 7kW and 22 kW posts across ten sites. Source aims to make a return from OLEV grants and from charging revenues. Further commercial terms were not disclosed to local media.

The chargers use renewable electricity, supplied by SSE. Kingston councillors declared a climate emergency last year. The borough has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2038. It will consult residents on sites for the new charge posts.

Launched in 2011 as Britain’s first city-wide EV charging scheme, Source London was two years later spun out of a commercial consortium led by Transport for London. The network’s current owner, management company IER, is part of French conglomerate Groupe Bolloré, sponsors of AutoLib, Paris’ equivalent on-street EV hire scheme.

Launching in London in 2016, Bolloré used Source London to support its fleet of 420 Blue City hatchback EVs. However, costing up to £18 an hour to hire, the idiosyncratic cars made under a joint venture with Pininfarina were plagued with operational problems and high maintenance costs.

Citing “operational constraints“, Blue City’s London operation closes for business this month, 18 months after AutoLib failed in Paris.

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