New head’s role will be to champion the use of ultra-low emission vehicles

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has appointed Matthew Trevaskis at the organisation’s head of electric vehicles (EVs).

Trevaskis’ new role at the REA will be to champion the use of ultra-low emission vehicles, such as plug-in hybrids and fully electric vehicles around the country.

According to the REA, he will focus on the integration of EVs into the electricity grid, the need for new infrastructure, government energy, transport, and planning policy.

Trevaskis will also lead the REA’s response to the new inquiry into policy and infrastructure barriers, which was recently launched by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

“I see great opportunities in the convergence of renewable generation, on all scales, with the move towards greater numbers of plug-in vehicles, especially the longer-range yet affordable EVs now coming to market,” predicted Trevaskis.

“The motor industry needs to shift its drivetrains rapidly towards zero emission operation, especially where vehicles are used in our towns and cities that are suffering acute air quality issues.

“Marrying the two together in an intelligent way will allow us to unlock greater renewable generation capacity with a massively distributed store for that energy, that is generally parked and therefore potentially available for a high proportion of the time,” he added.

“Future developments towards grid supporting services, such as vehicle-to-grid energy export will further yield benefits, not burdens, and provide economic opportunities for businesses and homes whilst decarbonising transport.”

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