Just days after reporting that London's mayor, Boris Johnson, may seek to slash funding for the city's electric vehicle (EV) program, we stumbled upon this announcement stemming from the mayor's desk: London's city-wide EV charging network, Source London, will launch in Spring 2011 and install 1,300 public-use chargers across the sprawling city by the end of 2013. The Source London network allows EV owners to power up their rides at any one of the city's soon-to-be installed public charging points, provided they register and cough up an estimated £100 ($161 U.S. at the current exchange rate) in annual membership fees.
Here's some interesting info that's sure to make you wonder whether or not London actually needs 1,300 charging stations. At present, the city has 250-plus charging stations. Additionally, 16,729 electric cars and hybrids are registered in London. Of that number, approximately 2,100 are of the plug-in type. Finally, consider this: with 1,300 chargers installed, Londoners will have higher odds of stumbling across a charge point than a gas station. Interested in learning more about the Source London program? If so, simply click here and you'll be whisked away to the program's website.