London wants to become the “electric car capital of the world” and in line with this plan, London’s Mayor, Boris Johnson has taken the time to check out the Citroën C-Zero, the brand’s new 100% electric city car.
The city is also preparing the first ever city-wide electric vehicle charging network -- Source London – which will be launched in the spring. Source London (sourcelondon.net) provides better infrastructure and support for electric vehicles.
Currently, there are over 250 charge points across London but Source London plans to expand to at least 1300 publicly accessible points by 2013.
Citroën’s C-Zero, which can run 93 miles on a single full charge, is extremely capable of getting through London traffic. Citroën determined that the average daily trip in urban areas is 23 miles, and that the car is at rest for 92% of each day, allowing for plenty of time to recharge.
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said that Source London is meant to support the expanding range of electric cars arriving to the market. It also seeks to reduce the pollution in London as well as to provide other environmental benefits.
Linda Jackson, Managing Director of Citroën UK, said that C-Zero is “perfectly placed” to exhibit the gains in shifting to electric power. She said that with a zero-emissions vehicle, the driver incurs “zero company car tax, zero Vehicle Excise Duty and zero London Congestion Charge.”