Examining the proposals put forward by the Energising Our Electric Vehicle Transition report

Examining the proposals put forward by the Energising Our Electric Vehicle Transition report

Energy analysis: Maria Connolly, partner at TLT Solicitors, discusses the Energising Our Electric Vehicle Transition report, published by the Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce, and analyses the various proposals and strategies which are intended to facilitate the growth of electric vehicles (EVs) while minimising the impact on the UK’s electricity system.

What is the background to this report?

The UK is committed to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Road transport is a key piece in that jigsaw, accounting for 25% of total greenhouse gas emissions and 28% of all energy consumed in the UK.

Electric Vehicles (EV) sales are increasing and there are now some 70,000 EVs on the UK’s roads. However, the UK remains in the early stages of the transition to EVs, with EV market share having reached around 1.3% of new car registrations.

The government’s Road to Zero strategy, released in July 2018:

  • set an ambition that all new cars and vans would be effectively zero emission by 2040
  • noted that the most credible technology currently available is the plug-in EV, and
  • recognised that the electrification of road transport could increase today’s electricity consumption by around 30% by 2050

The government set up the Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce (Taskforce) to investigate and propose ways to manage the transition to EVs. Energising Our Electric Vehicle Transition is the Taskforce’s report on these issues.

What are the key issues/priorities raised in the report?

The Taskforce’s work has focussed on two key challenges: effectively managing the impacts on the electricity system and providing consumers with a good EV charging experience.

The Taskforce believes smart charging to be essential to managing the first challenge by providing benefits to the wider electricity system. The second is to be overcome by adopting a strong consumer focus in all aspects of the transition to EVs, but specifically by achieving smooth interoperability between different EV models and charging infrastructure and by ensuring the availability of a significant network of ultra-fast charge points.

Accordingly, there are three key priorities running through the proposals made in the report:

  • agreeing common standards and codes of practice to enable interoperability and the sharing of data within the EV sector and with the

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