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Thursday, January 24, 2008

London global leader for electric vehicles

I read the automotive trade press for one of my clients and was pleased to see that the industry regards London as a market leader for electric vehicles. Automotive News Europe quoted Steve Schneider, CEO of electric car maker ZAP, "London has a very environmentally friendly congestion charge as well as free parking and free recharging for electric cars, the demand seems to be there, which is why London is the first place in Europe we're launching."

This pleases me as it shows that political leadership from Mayor Livingstone has created demand for more environmentally friendly products. Introducing the congestion charge and low emission zone has seen London take top spot in Europe for the technology.

Livingstone has shown effective leadership in tackling climate change, establishing a blueprint for a sustainable London in 2020, something I have written about previously. London needs Ken.

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