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National Infrastructure Commission back Ofgem's electric vehicle proposals
National Infrastructure Commission back Ofgem's electric vehicle proposals

National Infrastructure Commission back Ofgem’s electric vehicle proposals

The Chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) believes Ofgem’s proposals for efficient use of electricity can increase the use of electric vehicles.

Sir John Armitt welcomed the measures recommended by the regulator for the electricity and natural gas markets in Great Britain.

Over the coming decades, it is expected that the use of electric vehicles will accelerate, especially considering the strategies to decrease pollution and ensure cleaner air.

Ofgem’s proposals will support this acceleration, with flexible charging helping to boost the use of charging by 60%.

These recommendations have been welcomed by Sir John at the NIC, who believes that such proposals will ensure current grid capacity is used to its maximum effect.

This in itself is a key proposal outlined by the NIC in its recent National Infrastructure Assessment, though it went further by recommending central and local government work alongside Ofgem in order to develop a charging network so that certainty is provided and drivers can charge vehicles quickly, all over the country.

And Sir John believes Ofgem’s proposals can help provide people and businesses with efficient use of the available electricity.

He said: “Our National Infrastructure Assessment highlights the need to take steps now to prepare our roads and our energy system for greater demand for electric vehicles.

“The proposals have the potential to reap the benefits that electric vehicles can bring to the electricity system by ensuring we make the most efficient use of the electricity we already have available, including from renewable sources – and all while keeping costs down for customers.

“We look forward to seeing the outcome of this consultation.”

The NIC’s Chairman also added that, in order for the move to electric vehicles to be a universal success, the infrastructure must be in place.

“We also need to see investment in a truly national, visible charging network, so that infrastructure can give drivers the confidence to make the switch from petrol and diesel, and not be the barrier.”

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