London is set to become Europe’s electric car capital, with Mayor Boris

Johnson hoping to establish more charging points in the city than there are petrol stations.

Mayor Johnson intends to have 1,300 charging points operating by 2013, to serve the 100,000 electric cars he hopes will populate the capital’s streets.

A new network, called Source London, will launch next spring and allow electric car owners to register online to use any of the charging points across the capital for £100 a year.

Transport for London is now in talks with other cities to spread the initiative further across the country, all under the ‘Source’ branding.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “Already there are more electric drivers in London than anywhere else in the UK, but we are now entering an incredibly exciting period in electric motoring.

“Major manufacturers are gearing up to launch more affordable, practical electric cars over the next few years, whilst the cost of traditional fuels are making petrol-free driving an increasingly attractive option.

“By opting for electric in greater numbers, Londoners will also help to cut pollution levels and improve the city’s quality of living.”