London will be European electromobility capital, Frost & Sullivan finds

January 24, 2012 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Despite strong recent activities in other regions, London is expected to become the European capital of electric vehicles, states market research company Frost & Sullivan. Driven by an array of incentives, the UK currently drives in the pole position when it comes to electromobility.

The British government and a number of private-public initiatives are successfully building the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, says Frost & Sullivan. "London has over 500 public charging stations and is dynamically adding more to it", explains Research Associate Prajyot N. Sathe. “The launch of the Source London scheme is working towards getting 1.300 public charging stations by 2013.” By 2015, about 25.000 charging stations will be available in the greater London area.

The North East England region also is pushing ahead electromobility infrastructure - the region recently has installed 300 charging stations; the goal is to get 1300 charging stations already in 2013. North East England has been included in the “Plugged-in places” project, that offers matched funding to business and public sectors to install charging stations. They have also been formulated to integrate residential charging stations with a provision for smart meters.

Nissan's strategic use of its Sunderland plant for developing Electric Vehicles (EVs) across Europe has accelerated the government’s vision to increase sustainable and 'green-collar’ jobs. The ambitious targets set by the government and heavy contracts secured by leading EV infrastructure providers are the major grounds for the impressive deployment of the EV charging stations network at strategic locations such as car parks, residential and commercial locations as well as leisure facilities.

The introductory phases for the deployment of charging stations have been completed or are on the edge of completion. The EV charging infrastructure market is expected to grow at a vigorous rate over the next 5 years with 2012 to 2015 becoming the most crucial years for the market to advance. Frost & Sullivan finds. While in the past year, the roll-out of electric vehicles such as Opel Ampera, Ford Focus and Smart Fortwo has been delayed and thus the interest from car buyers did fail to come to speed, the market researcher believes that this situation will change. The introduction of a wide range