16.12.2011 Boris awarded for promotion of EVs
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has won a prestigious award for his efforts in promoting electric vehicles.
The world's largest network of professional motor industry communicators, MIPAA Limited, presents its annual Chairman's Award to recognise an outstanding contribution to public relations. The accolade has previously been received by Robert Llewellyn, Chris Evans, Ken Gibson, Lord March, Ewan McGregor / Charlie Boorman, and Jeremy Clarkson.
Accepting the award on his behalf Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor's director of Environment, said, "Bringing electric vehicles to the capital is a key part of the Mayor's goal of delivering cleaner air for London."
"We will have 1,300 charge points in the capital by 2013 through our Source London network, making electric motoring even more accessible to drivers, and ultimately aim to ensure no Londoner is more than a mile from a charge point."
"The Mayor's determination over the last four years to support this clean, green technology has enabled us to achieve significant mileage in pushing both manufacturers and Government to deliver cars and policies that have put London and Britain well on the way to electric vehicle motoring."
MIPAA Chairman, Al Clarke praised the Mayor's leadership in championing electric vehicles. He said, "As Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has increased the profile of electric vehicles and promoted the benefits they can bring in modern cities. His pioneering and practical approach has boosted interest in this exciting period in electric vehicle motoring and enabled other cities to gain from London's lead. The MIPAA Chairman's Award is due recognition of the Mayor's commitment to supporting sustainable transport."
With the Plug-in Car Grant protected in the last spending review, and the new Plugged-In-Places locations having been confirmed, 2011 has paved the way for an accelerated uptake of electric vehicles in the near future. The nations charging infrastructure has grown significantly too over the last year, with our Zap-Map now displaying more than 1,550 charging points over more than 750 locations.
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