A balance must be struck to ensure electric vehicles (EVs) and storage are rolled out at a pace to match carbon targets while also being smart and fit for purpose for the future, a research consortium has said.
EnergyREV published the findings from its call for evidence into EVs and storage on 12 September – the first of several that will form part of a wider review into the policy and regulatory landscape for smart local energy systems (SLES). It cited providing access to value in multiple markets as key to ensuring storage, smart EV charging and vehicle-to-grid infrastructure are able to deliver a return on investment while noting clear definitions have aided the development of both storage and EVs. Notably, it has helped storage to avoid facing potential double charging of network and wider system costs.
Transparency on who can own and operate assets along with the visibility of what assets are connected to energy systems was another common theme to emerge from the call to evidence.
The importance of user-centric smart design was a further key finding, with EnergyREV explaining that the benefits of things such as EV smart charging, home batteries and charging infrastructure operability could be lost if user needs are not considered in the technologies, systems and business models. It had found successful businesses were adopting either user or consumer-centric business models and suggested there were lessons to be learned there for EV charging and other energy-related businesses.
It noted this would be a route to maximising uptake and benefits, but would require policy and regulatory alignment to ensure such propositions are permitted in the market and have access to the information and resources they need.