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Thousands of Electric Vehicles Are Heading to London

  • 3,000-vehicle trial will study driver behavior, journey trends
  • Companies plan to devise optimum network for power supply
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Photographer: Angel Navarrete/Bloomberg

Uber Technologies Inc. and Hitachi Ltd. are among companies that will flood London with 3,000 electric vehicles as part of a study aimed at overcoming a shortage of charging points blamed for holding back sales.

The biggest-ever trial involving commercial electric vans and cars also includes energy suppliers Centrica Plc and SSE Plc. It will gather data on driving habits and journeys over three years with the aim of devising the optimum network for charging points and evaluating when electricity will be most in demand.