Electric Vehicles

Find out the latest statistics, developments and arguments around a key plank of the drive towards net-zero emissions.

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Western Power Distribution (WPD) has launched a new research project to explore the feasibility of providing “on-the-go” wireless electric vehicle charging in the UK. The study, conducted in partnership with Coventry City Council, Coventry University, Toyota and Cenex, will assess the viability of installing inductive charging technology under road surfaces to supply power to vehicles whilst they are in motion.
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Gridserve has opened the first of 100 “Electric Forecourts” the company plans to build over next five years at Braintree in Essex. The station has the capacity to charge 36 electric vehicles at the same time at rates of up to 350kW.
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UK Power Networks has asked small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to express their future transport needs as it seeks to develop a strategy to assist them in making the switch to electric vehicles. The distribution network operator said it is keen to ensure that SMEs, which unlike larger firms may lack the time, resources or information to make the transition, are not left behind in getting the charging infrastructure they require.
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Conor Maher-McWilliams, head of flexibility at Ovo’s smart technology arm Kaluza, discusses the company’s direct-to-car smart charging trial with Bosch, why some networks are easier to deal with than others, and how it is using artificial intelligence and machine learning to better understand flexibility in heating.  
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A taskforce has been launched to accelerate the digitalisation of the energy system. The Energy Digitalisation Taskforce is the successor to the Energy Data Taskforce and will once again be chaired by Laura Sandys.
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Sales of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) slowed last month, with cuts to the plug-in car grant being blamed. However, the latest figures for car registrations also revealed more than 500,000 ultra low-emission vehicles are now being driven on UK roads for the first time.
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Utility Week gauges industry views on the approval of mandatory half hourly settlement (MHHS), including whether the timeline is realistic and if there is a danger the process could actually slow down early adopters of smart tariffs. Including contributions from Octopus' Rachel Fletcher, Marzia Zafar of Kaluza and Mark Bygraves at Elexon.
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Britain’s smart meter network is a "credible option" for enabling smart electric vehicle (EV) charging, despite a report warning against its mandatory use, the chief executive of the Data Communications Company (DCC) has argued. Angus Flett was speaking in response to a report produced on behalf of trade body Energy UK, which raised a number of concerns, including that the DCC network is specific to Great Britain, whilst the market for EVs is global.
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A new report exploring possible options to enable electric vehicle (EV) owners to benefit from smart charging has warned against mandating the use of the Data Communications Company’s (DCC) network. The report produced on behalf of trade body Energy UK, assesses a variety of smart charging at home options and the benefits and protections they will need to provide consumers and the energy system.
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A survey by the newly formed Electric Vehicle Association (EVA) England has revealed EV drivers are poorly satisfied with the country’s current public charging infrastructure. The survey, which was commissioned in response to the government consultation Consumer experience at public electric vehicle chargepoints, polled more than 1,200 drivers in total.
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Renewable power supplier Good Energy has unveiled a new tariff offering electric vehicle (EV) drivers a four-hour window in which to charge their vehicles for free. Additionally the company has given an update on the integration of the Octopus-owned Kraken platform to which it revealed all of its domestic customers had been successfully migrated.
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Can power network operators deliver the scale and pace of investment needed for net zero without alienating communities or causing environmental detriment? A new report from Utility Week and Hitachi ABB Power Grids explores the challenge.
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Local authorities are facing the dual pressures of boosting investment and decreasing emissions. However, these goals are not mutually exclusive. As part of our Countdown to COP series, SSE’s Stephen Stead looks at how forward-thinking councils are seeking to use the post-Covid economic recovery to modernise their energy infrastructure.
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Bulb chief executive Hayden Wood and REA boss Nina Skorupska are among 32 industry figures who have written to Boris Johnson urging him to scrap VAT on green products. While the letter states the sector was “encouraged” with the chancellor pledging investment in green infrastructure projects in the recent budget, it said there was disappointment at the “lack of policies to help people play a part in reaching net zero”.
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