• Nov 5th 2010 at 2:54PM
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The pro-electric vehicle Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, has reportedly authorized cuts to the city's electric vehicle (EV) scheme that he himself helped launch last year. Johnson's initial plan called for significant funding aimed at making London the EV capital of the world. The mayor promised to back initiatives to bring 100,000 EVs and 25,000 charging stations to the city. Johnson's EV plan was estimated to require £60 million ($97.2 Million U.S. at the current exchange rate) in funds, of which £20 million ($32.4 million U.S.) would come directly from the city's budget and the rest would be contingent upon approval from the national government.

In a change of heart, Johnson has reportedly slashed London's portion of funding from the promised amount of £20 million down to a mere £7 million ($11.3 million U.S.). The shortage in funding, Johnson hopes, will be filled by corporate sponsorships. Tony Bosworth, transport campaigner for Friends of the Earth, acknowledged that EVs could play a vital role in reducing pollution in London and feels it's the mayor's duty to see the plan through, stating, "The mayor did make a big noise about this project, he must now make sure that funding is found to keep the plan alive."

[Source: Financial Times]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Hard to justify these subsidies when the whole country is on an austerity program.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well actually that £20 million might have been good value for money if it would have helped to avoid the £300 million fine the UK Government will face if the air quality in London does not improve. See below an extract taken from the guardian newspaper.

      "Britain has been given a second and final written warning by Europe to clean up London's air or be taken to the European court of justice and face fines of up to £300m.

      The warning, sent today by the Environment commissioner Janez PotoÄ┬Źni refers to minute airborne particles known as PM10s which are emitted by traffic and factories and can lead to heart attacks, strokes, asthma and lung diseases. According to the Mayor of London's Air Quality Strategy, particle pollution is responsible for over 4,300 premature deaths a year in London at an annual cost of up to £2bn. (The figure is drawn from a report commissioned by the Mayor of London whose full findings were not published.) London's air pollution levels rank as the worst in the UK and also among the worst in Europe."

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jun/03/uk-warning-london-air-quality


      "London air pollution 'worst in Europe'Britain faces court cases and unlimited fines after dangerous levels of minute particles breach EU levels"

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jun/25/london-air-pollution-europe


        • 4 Years Ago
        My thoughts exactly. I was thinking of the same article. Short sighted government yet again
        Add to that the bill for the NHS from related health issues and thats a few million for london alone
      • 4 Years Ago
      Budgets are tight these days. It is hard to justify such a program.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah :/

        Too bad we weren't thinking of the environment much during the peak of economic activity, eh? :p
      • 4 Years Ago
      This gloom is right in sync with other doom and catastrophe stories designed to bleaken your world. You buy into these virtual scare tactics at your own risk. Or you can simply say - this and EVERY gloom and doom tale you sell has less substance than a vacuum.

      If the Mayor has any savvy - he'll quickly replace government spending with private sector investment. Where it should be in the first place.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "If the Mayor has any savvy - he'll quickly replace government spending with private sector investment."

        That's what they're hoping for.

        FTA: "The shortage in funding, Johnson hopes, will be filled by corporate sponsorships."

        Of course, if any corps do step up, they're just as likely to be blasted for "greenwashing", right?
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