The Electric Vehicle EV Energy Taskforce, chaired by Energy Systems Catapult chief executive Philip New, is part of the ‘Road to Zero’ strategy announced by Government, in anticipation of growth in the use of electric and plug-in vehicles over the coming years, and the challenges and exciting new opportunities for the rapidly transforming UK electricity system.
For the first time, the Taskforce brings together the energy and automotive industries to plan for the changes that will take place as a result of rising electric vehicle use.
The EV Energy Challenge
The UK’s energy system is rapidly changing. In the short term, the rollout of smart meters and electric vehicle EV charging infrastructure will offer opportunities for the energy sector to work with consumers to level off electricity demand. By 2050, the UK will be powered by low, or zero carbon electricity generation and, increasingly, by distributed renewable sources.
The intermittent nature of renewable energy generation – providing surpluses at some times of day and deficits at others – creates a need (and a significant business opportunity) for new energy storage solutions. The batteries in electric vehicles (as well as those in ‘second life’) could provide a key missing link in the UK’s future energy supply ‘mix’.
LowCVP provides secretariat functions for the Taskforce, while Philip New chairs the organisation.
Plug-in electric vehicle use has been increasing sharply in the last few years, albeit from a low base; representing over 5% of new car sales. The Road to Zero strategy confirmed the Government’s commitment for all new cars and vans to be zero-emission vehicles by 2040. The vast majority of these vehicles are expected to be fully or partly electrified.
The objective of the Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce is to put the electric vehicle user at the heart of preparing the electricity system for the mass take up of electric vehicles. It aims to ensure that costs and emissions are as low as possible, and opportunities for vehicles to provide grid services are capitalised upon for the benefit of the system, energy bill payers and electric vehicle owners.
Driven by the requirement to tackle climate change, the transformation in mobility and energy production creates great opportunities for innovators, holding out the prospect of significant UK exports and growth as well as greater security of energy supply.
The launch members of the Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce are:
- Automotive Council
- Energy Networks Association
- Energy Systems Catapult
- Energy UK
- ITS University of Leeds
- Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP)
- National Grid
- Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV)
- Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)
- UK Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (UK EVSE)
For more information about the PM’s ZEV Summit: www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/zero-emissions-vehicle-summit
Energising our Electric Vehicle Transition
The Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce (EVET) has made 21 key proposals to government and industry – following an unprecedented collaboration including more than 350 organisations – to effectively manage the integration of EV within the energy system as we transition to electric vehicles.
The Taskforce proposals include the importance of smart charging networks, and providing EV charging points to suit consumers’ needs.
It also explores how to reward consumers for reducing their carbon footprint and altering their energy consumption, allowing them to save money and reduce energy tariffs.
Moving from Proposal to Action
The Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce made 21 proposals in January 2020 to ensure the energy system is able to accelerate the mass take-up of electric vehicles.
At the invitation of Government, EVET moved into the 2nd phase of activity during 2020 to ensure these proposals are put into action, and now provides a collaborative strategic review body to develop, action and monitor each proposal and communicate progress on their implementation.
Energy Systems Catapult has been central to analysing those proposals and recommending EVET focus on 10 high priority actions.