When London Olympics went electric

Electric vehicles at the Olympics

The 2012 Olympic Games in London had 120 GE Energy’s DuraStation electric vehicle charging points installed as part of the regeneration of the East End and the 2012 vision for a sustainable Olympics and Paralympics.

ChargePoint Services Ltd (CPS) will supply and install the stations as well as provide on-going after sales service support.

It is planned that a fleet of some 200 BMW and MINI electric vehicles used to transport athletes and officials between venues during the games. The provision of charging infrastrucutre is clearly an essential part of making this work.

The points will be linked through Central Management System Software which will monitor and control the network of live charge posts. After the Games, the chargers will become part of London public electric vehicle charging infrastructure. This again is part of the Olympic vision to leave a legacy for the capital.

Many Olympic Games make big promises in the construction and pre-games phases. It will be interesting to see how many of the 200 promised vehicles materialise. Undoubtedly it will also take some good logistical planning to make things work but it’s good to see LO making the effort to promote greener transport.