Report sets out proposals to unlock huge potential of EVs

The Electric Vehicle (EV) Energy Taskforce has made a set of proposals for government and industry to ensure there is an effective and efficient electric mobility transition.

On 14 January, the government-backed taskforce said that it had demonstrated that an effectively managed integration of EVs with the energy system could lead to significantly improved electricity network efficiency, increased system resilience, and limit the need to build expensive new infrastructure to meet growing demand. The taskforce noted that on the basis that the right decisions are made and there is effective coordination between government and key energy, infrastructure and transport industry stakeholders, then infrastructure spending can be significantly reduced. A prior study had estimated this cost at being between £2.7bn to £6.5bn.

It published a report in which it made a series of recommendations for government and industry to follow that would see the auto and energy sectors brought together, ensuring the country’s energy system is able to accelerate the mass take-up of EVs while also delivering benefits to the electricity system. The taskforce made 21 proposals in total, such as providing financial incentives to EV drivers to ensure the potential energy storage capacity of millions of EVs is used to reduce peak demand, and prioritising greater standardisation across the charging network to ensure it works resiliently, efficiently and securely with the electricity system.

Other notable recommendations included the establishment of an independent body to promote the benefits of smart charging through a major publicity campaign; extending the principle of “open data” in the energy system to include EV charge points and EVs, allowing for more effective smart charging of electric vehicles; and coordinating energy and transport planning to ensure there is the right infrastructure in the right place.