The mass rollout of electric vehicles is a huge opportunity for the UK to improve its energy system and harness renewable technologies, according to a report by the joint industry-government EV Energy Taskforce.
The assumed future uptake of EVs is perhaps the major challenge facing the UK’s energy infrastructure, given the dramatic impact that it will have on national electricity demand particularly during peak hours.
The report said that the take-up of EVs could offer a significant improvement to network efficiency and limit the need to build new infrastructure.
The report, entitled ‘Energising our Electric Vehicle Transition’ makes 21 recommendations including greater integration between the EV sector and the electricity system, rewarding consumers for charging smartly and ensuring the charging infrastructure meets consumer needs.
The Director of National Grid Electricity System Operator, Fintan Slye, stated:
“Smart charging and vehicle-to-grid technology means we can use renewable energy more efficiently, charging when the sun shines or the wind blows and potentially discharging back to the grid at times of peak demand.”
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