Boris Johnson's "electric car revolution" may be defeated if he fails to convince sceptical London boroughs about the scheme, according to a new report.
Some councils are refusing to provide charging points amid worries that it will increase congestion, and dangers to other road users.
The London Councils report raises concerns about:
- The extra congestion caused by the scheme
- The dangers of allowing 'silent' vehicles into bus lanes
- The dangers of trailing electric cables on the street
- The costs of installation and maintenance
- The principle of subsidising car use
- The risk that the technology will become obsolete
The plans to provide discount parking for electric cars may also cause the boroughs some problems.
Last year the City of London abandoned their own scheme to allow free parking for electric cars because it:
"encouraged car use instead of the use of public transport, walking and cycling"
Some London boroughs remian worried about this planned £60 million subsidy for drivers.
According to the report:
"It is questionable whether it is appropriate or equitable to offer public subsidies to support the purchase of electric vehicles. Electric vehicles would be most accessible to business users and to households with access to off-street parking (for overnight charging), and the resources to purchase a vehicle in order to benefit from heavily subsidized private travel, thus giving the impression that significant public subsidy is being made available to those who may in fact need it least."
London Councils have called on the Mayor to delay the scheme until these concerns are acknowledged and met.