Proposals set out by Ofgem will allow more electric vehicles to be charged.
The research from the government regulator of the electricity and natural gas markets in Great Britain will support the increasing number of new electric vehicles that are expected to be used on Britain’s roads in the next decades.
With the government’s drive to reduce air pollution which will see new diesel vehicles wiped out by 2040, the introduction of electric vehicles is becoming more prevalent.
We have seen local authorities increasing their use of electric vehicles in their fleets such as waste management, while the Mayor of London is already increasing the number of rapid charge points.
And the research from Ofgem has outlined a number of proposals to help the transport network cope with the influx of electric vehicles. These include the use of flexible charging; if owners topped up outside peak times on the grid, it would mean at least 60% more of these vehicles could be charged up, in comparison to ‘inflexible’ charging where electric vehicles are only charged at peak times.
It will allow for flexible use of the grid, while accommodating a more renewable generation and other new technologies.
By reducing the need for expensive new power stations and extra grid capacity, it will keep costs down for users and energy consumers.
Jonathan Brearley is the Executive Director, Systems and Networks at Ofgem. He said the proposals will save the government money.
“Ofgem is working with the government to support the electric vehicle revolution in Britain which can bring big benefits to customers. Our reforms will help more users charge their electric vehicles and save them money.
“The proposals we have announced will also harness the benefits of electric vehicles and other new technologies to manage the energy system and keep costs down for all consumers.
“The way we generate, transport and use electricity – and power our cars – is undergoing a radical transformation in Great Britain.
“Ofgem will ensure that the energy system is fit for this exciting, cleaner future and at the lowest cost for consumers.”