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London Mayor Boris Johnson has kicked off his plan to add 1,000 electric vehicles to his city's fleet by taking delivery of four Mitusbishi i-MiEVs this week. The cars were paid for in part by the UK government's Low Carbon Procurement Programme and will be used by Transport for London (TfL). TfL will use the cars to check out road construction projects around the capital to make sure that traffic is flowing smoothly.

In the same week that the British government is set to release a renewable energy strategy which will tout the benefits of increasing the usage of electric cars comes the news that the City of London is about to end its "free parking for electric cars" program. Apparently the feeling is that it has been successful and it is now possible to spot the odd electric vehicle (EV) on London streets. So what's the problem? The city is "...concerned that the free parking has encouraged car use instead of