First electric vehicle charge points installed at Games venues

A network of electric vehicle charge points has begun to be installed across London in time for this summer's Games.

First electric vehicle charge points installed at Games venues
First electric vehicle charge points installed at Games venues

The points will used to charge up the Olympic and Paralympics' zero-emission electric vehicle (EV) fleet during the Games, later becoming part of capital’s Source London network.

The Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) are working in association with Locog and fellow London 2012 sustainability partners, EDF, GE and BMW, to set up the 120 points.

Five key Olympic locations have been singled out for installation, Excel London being the first to have its fitted yesterday (19 March).

James Mark, services and 2012 Games director for Excel London, said: "We are really excited to be the first venue to have electric vehicle charge points installed. This will further enhance our green credentials and sustainability practices. Last year we became the first private venue to be third party accredited with ISO14001 and BS8901 and as an Olympics venue we have been working very closely with TfL and Locog to ensure that London delivers the most sustainable Games ever."

Gareth Wynn, 2012 programme director at EDF, added: "This innovative solution to recharging will not only help keep the entire Olympic fleet of EVs charged up during Games time, but will also provide a valuable insight into how EVs could be used on a mass scale in future."

Source London currently consists of 307 charge points across the capital, making it the UK’s biggest publicly accessible charge point network. This is set to increase to 1,300 points by 2013 as part of the Mayor’s commitment.

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