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Gridserve has relaunched the Electric Highway charging network it recently acquired from Ecotricity under its own branding after beginning a programme to upgrade the network with more advanced and powerful chargers, whilst also announcing plans to spend more than £100 million installing banks of ultrafast chargers at 50 of the locations. Utility Week spoke to the company’s founder and chief executive Toddington Harper.
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Electric vehicle (EV) drivers have told Ofgem of the “significantly different” charging experiences between Scotland and other areas of Great Britain. Utility Week gauges reaction from industry figures to the regulator's qualitative research on the key pain points for EV drivers.
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National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) and Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) have launched a new study looking at how customers respond to price signals when using electric vehicles, heat pumps and batteries. The research will analyse historical data from more than 25,000 households on Octopus Energy’s smart time-of-use tariff, making it the UK’s largest ever study into domestic flexibility.
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Electric vehicles offer energy suppliers a chance to step out of the shadows and have an entirely different relationship with consumers, Ovo Drive managing director Chris Russell tells Utility Week. He believes the winners in this expanding market will be companies that can take all of the complexity away from the consumer.
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Utilities consultancy Reson8 explores how to reduce carbon emissions by 12 per cent from commercial vehicles by making scheduling more efficient. This could cut the fuel needed for journeys to save time, money and carbon.
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The absence of a clear policy, regulatory and market framework is making it difficult to scale up low-carbon technologies such as heat pumps and drive down costs, BEAMA has warned. The trade body for manufacturers and providers of energy infrastructure has released a new report outlining the changes it considers necessary to achieve the government’s 2050 net-zero target.
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The chair of the House of Commons science and technology committee, Norman Lamb, has said other countries are “well ahead” of the UK in rolling out electric vehicle charging points.
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Crowd Charge has launched a new smart charging app that enables drivers to charge their electric vehicles at times when their supply is cheapest or greenest. The app can also facilitate vehicle-to-grid charging, allowing users to earning money by reselling power during periods of high demand.
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It is “inconceivable” that an electric vehicle driven in Great Britain could be more than polluting than its petrol and diesel equivalents, according to a new report from Imperial College London and Drax. This would require the carbon intensity of the power grid to more than quadruple to 850–950g/kWh – a level last seen during the 1960s.
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The new partnership will see additional public charge points rolled out across the network in central and southern Scotland. Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon said the deal highlighted the “critical role” that networks have in delivering a zero carbon energy system.
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Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) released today (5 August) show an increase in the number of EV registrations but also a decline in plug-in hybrid registrations by almost -50 per cent.
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The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has unveiled £80 million in funding as part of its net zero target. The funding will be invested in technologies to help the development of electric vehicles and hybrid aircraft.
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