Electric charge points unused

There are 1,300 electric car charging points in London. But figures obtained by the London Assembly Liberal Democrats show that between April and July this year only around 300 of the charge points had been used at all.

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Mayor: 'We must invest in electric technology for the future'

Mayor Boris Johnson has responded to new figures which show that two-thirds of electric car recharging posts in the capital are not being used. He called on electric car manufacturers to reduce their prices, and said the technology was vital for reducing emissions.

Westminster City Council says that putting in electric charging points is the only way to ensure that the infrastructure is in place for the long term. It says:

· There are 42 on-street recharging bays within the City of Westminster. At the start of 2013, there were approximately 150 recharging stations in the public car parks in Westminster

· The first on-street recharging point was installed in 2006 as a trial with local users. Westminster has spent and budgeted approx £140,000 per year on electric vehicle recharging infrastructure to deliver recharging bays in line with local demand.

· Usage data shows that the established on-street recharging points (which cover a two year period) are used at least twice / three times a day and the average length of stay at the post is 4.5 hours.

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