A new initiative, known as the EV Network Group (EVN), has been launched in the UK by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) and EA Technology to help support a fast uptake of electric vehicle technologies. How does it aim to do so? By bringing together key stakeholders from the automotive and electricity supply sectors.
The initiative will, amongst other things, work to ensure that electric vehicle uptake isn’t limited in the UK by issues relating to potential impacts and costs to the power grid in the UK.
Electric Nation provides more: “It will act as a focal point to address both technological and infrastructural needs, sharing research and recommending the optimal measures to increase the number of UK electric miles by 2030. The Group will also introduce consumer voices, facilitating dialogue between key stakeholders and acting as a conduit for information to and from the UK Government. The EV Network Group has been formed following discussions with representatives of the wide range of communities engaged in the electric vehicle transition including: the government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV); the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders; Ofgem; the Energy Networks Association; the AA; Citizens Advice; Energy UK; Innovate UK; BEAMA; Transport for London; the Institution of Engineering and Technology; the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and wider automotive and utilities sector organisations.”
The LowCVP’s Managing Director, Andy Eastlake, commented: “Electrification of a wide range of transport applications is one of the clearest opportunities in terms of delivering carbon and other emissions reductions. Making sure low carbon electricity is generated, distributed and delivered into these highly efficient vehicles where and when they need it represents both a challenge and an opportunity, and one in which we believe that the UK can lead the way.”
The EV Network Group will reportedly be co-chaired by the LowCVP and EA Technology, and the LowCVP will be providing core secretariat functions.