Got a question about LoCITY? Below are answers to some of the questions we are frequently asked.

Q: What is a low emission commercial vehicle?

LoCITY’s focus is on commercial vehicles that have less pollutant emissions than a best-in-class diesel or petrol vehicle. Vehicles that have similar pollutant emissions but demonstrably reduced CO2 emissions are also included. The mechanism for measuring both pollutant and CO2 emission reductions will be through LowCVP’s new HGV and van emissions testing certification programme.

Q: What is LoCITY?

LoCITY is working with freight and fleet operators, vehicle manufacturers, infrastructure providers and other key stakeholders to increase the availability and uptake of low emission commercial vehicles and associated infrastructure. Transport for London initiated LoCITY because it is passionate about improving air quality and the environment. Read more about LoCITY and the need for the programme. LoCITY has also launched the LoCITY Fleet Advice Programme, offering guidance, tools, training and support to help people make informed decisions.

Q: What will LoCITY do?

LoCITY is helping to facilitate the widespread adoption of low emission commercial vehicles in London. This includes the demonstration of vehicle and infrastructure solutions; organisations can get involved to prove the effectiveness of new technology in the real world. Procurement standards are also being developed with both public and private sector buyers. LoCITY will feature a Fleet Advice Programme to offer guidance, tools and support to the industry, and held its first Annual Conference in London on 25 May 2016.

Q: Why get involved?

Improved vehicle availability – together with the introduction of the ULEZ – will strengthen the case for acquiring low emission commercial vehicles over the next few years. By joining LoCITY now, you can influence key decisions and programme outputs, including technology demonstration, infrastructure placement and the development of procurement requirements. You can also help ensure that a best-practice approach is devised and adopted.

Q: How can I get involved in the programme?

Getting involved in LoCITY is easy. Complete our short form to to register your interest in joining the programme and be kept up to date about our progress.

Q: What does the electricity cost at the charge points?

TfL has an online guide that explains the different types of charge points and charging times.
Source London is a citywide electric vehicle charging network providing over 1,400 charging points across London. Owners of electric vehicles can register for the scheme and find their nearest charging point by visiting its website. The site also has a map of the network and explains the pricing structure.
There are other smaller network operators in London; you can find information on all of these at the Zap Map website. Some charge points are free to use (both for parking and electricity), but a small membership fee is required to join the relevant network and obtain an RFID card. However, it is increasingly common for charge point providers to levy a fee, as per the Source London model.
If you decide to purchase an electric vehicle, you may be interested to know that the government has recently announced a grant scheme for workplace charge points. Visit the GOV.UK website for more information.

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