Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'EXEMPTION WILL DISCOURAGE GREEN CARS'; No Charge: The Electric Elettrica Could Lose out to Small Petrol Models

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'EXEMPTION WILL DISCOURAGE GREEN CARS'; No Charge: The Electric Elettrica Could Lose out to Small Petrol Models

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Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS

KEN LIVINGSTONE'S plans to waive the congestion charge for low-pollutingcars will hit schemes promoting electric vehicles in the capital, councilchiefs warned today.

The Mayor plans to give drivers of cars including Ford Fiestas and VauxhallCorsas a 100 per cent discount on the [pounds sterling]8-a-day charge.

But councillors in Westminster dismissed the proposalswhich also include a [pounds sterling]25 charge for gasguzzlers as "gesture politics".

Westminster has piloted the first free on-street electric charging points inthe country and was planning to roll out the scheme to a further 10 sites. Thisis on top of 48 charging points it already has in 13 of its car parks, making atotal tally of 60.

Danny Chalkley, the council's Cabinet member for transport, said: "Electriccars with no emissions were catching on in

London. Now, just as we were about to put in more electric charging points toencourage further take-up, the rug has been pulled from under us. …

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