Major British businesses join forces to accelerate EV uptake

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    A collection of seven British businesses are aiming to boost electric vehicle (EV) uptake through the formation of the Electric Vehicle Fleet Accelerator (EVFA).

    Spawned from the Prime Minister’s Build Back Better Business Council the EVFA – made up of BP, BT, Direct Line Group, Royal Mail, ScottishPower, Severn Trent and Tesco – has identified four key areas to deliver the UK’s EV ambitions.

    These are: future-proofing the electricity network infrastructure, enabling the UK-wide rollout of charging infrastructure, overcoming demand obstacles and expanding the supply of UK-made vehicles.

    Releasing recommendations to both the government and industry spanning these areas, the EVFA said if implemented, they could unlock private sector investment of £50 billion in infrastructure and fleets over the next five years.

    Over the next twelve months specifically, the Department for Transport (DfT) should set out a clear funding framework to leverage private investment in charging infrastructure, ensuring public funding targets areas that are less attractive to private investment.

    In the same time frame, Ofgem should consult on its policy for distribution network operators (DNOs) to be providers of last resort for EV charging infrastructure.

    Under new regulations, DNOs are prohibited from owning, developing, managing or operating public EV chargepoints, however they are able to act as a provider of last resort where it can be shown the market won’t deliver. In these situations, they can own the infrastructure for five years before carrying out another market engagement exercise.

    However, the EVFA said the policy or guidance that sets out how this will work in practice hasn’t been provided. As such, Ofgem should develop the necessary regulatory mechanism to ensure DNOs are appropriately funded for taking on the role of provider and owner of public EV charging infrastructure.

    “The electrification of all EVs across the UK will mean a doubling of demand through our grid network and it won’t be ready without urgent action and investment in the grid system – and this investment must happen now and must come ahead of increasing demand,” Keith Anderson, CEO of ScottishPower, said.

    The DNOs released their RIIO-ED2 business plans last month, with preparing their networks for EVs a key focus of many plans.

    However, there have been previous incidents of funding requests from DNOs having been rejected by the regulator, such as SP Energy Network’s bid to spend £42 million on increasing network capacity in anticipation of the uptake of EVs in 2019.

    Over the next two years, the EVFA recommends Local Authorities are required to support the growth of charging hubs alongside on-street charging infrastructure.

    This follows a similar recommendation from the Competition and Markets Authority that the government supports Local Authorities in boosting the rollout of on-street charging, including by defining a clear role for Local Authorities to manage the rollout in their area and providing funding for the expertise needed for this to happen.

    The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and Local Authorities should also work with key stakeholders such as DNOs and chargepoint operators to fast track EV charging infrastructure to support the rapid development of ultrafast charging site.

    Also over the next two-three years, standards should be set for interoperability of charging platforms, ensuring a seamless experience for consumers when they want to locate, use and pay for charging at public points.

    Between 2024 and 2030, the Treasury should address the disparity between the 5% VAT incurred on electricity at home compared with the 20% VAT incurred at public chargepoints.

    Last month, the Transport Committee also suggested the government could address this discrepancy, with this following HMRC confirming in May that the VAT on public EV charging stands at 20%, having received requests for clarity from businesses around reduced rates due to the level of electricity being supplied.

    The members of the EVFA have committed to converting the fleets involved to EVs by 2030 and to buying 70,000 British-built vans by 2030 or sooner if the government delivers on the outlined agenda.

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    ‘Charging for all’ called for as House of Lords highlights need for battery push

    There must be ‘charging for all’ at homes, workplaces and public locations to support the transition to battery electric vehicles (EVs).

    In a report released last week by the House of Lords’ Science and Technology Select Committee, it criticises the pace at which the charging network in the UK is expanding. At the moment, work on it is progressing too slowly, with support for local authorities needed to deploy and maintain charging points.

    Additionally, the government should focus on ensuring standardization of technologies and payment methods suggests the Battery strategy goes flat: Net-zero target at risk report.

    This was echoed by Sir David King from the Clean Growth Leadership Network in his response to the report, saying “It requires the government to step in and see that the regulatory system is produced, the finance is found and that it is rolled forward.”

    A number of other concerns for the development of the battery industry in the UK are also outlined in the report, stating that the trajectory of battery manufacturing is insufficient to support the automotive industry’s transitions to EVs.

    As such, automotive manufacturing will most likely move oversees as the country falls far behind its compeitotrs and faces significant challenges.

    This will also impact battery storage for the grid, with smarter systems needed to balance supply and demand as the UK transitions to a system dominated by intermittent renewables. This is particularly key as demand is expected to double by 2050 from 300TWh currently, given the growth in EVs and other electrified solutions such as heat pumps.

    Dr Keith MacLean, managing director of Providence Policy is quoted in the report, highlighting that the gas grid currently provides 3–4TWh per day of storage in its pipes and tanks, which gives the system inherent flexibility to cover demand peaks. He said that energy storage requirements will remain at the scale of “terawatt hours per day, tens of terawatt hours per season, and over 100 terawatt hours across the year.”

    The report continues to call for longer-term storage to cover successive days of high demand and low wind speeds in winter. This follows a particularly long period of such weather earlier in 2021, which pushed up power prices and lead to National Grid ESO issuing Electricity Margin Notices to ensure it could balance supply and demand.

    A “one-in-10-year winter” would equate to 20-40TWh of electricity, if hydrogen is pursued for longer-term storage, with conversion inefficiencies this would mean having around 60TWh of capacity.

    The report suggests that the UK will need storage across all energy vectors – including this longer-term coverage and balancing services covering voltage and inertia – with a total power rating of 200-500GW. Of this battery storage might need to provide 20-35%.

    A range of storage technologies will be needed at different scales to meet the varied demands of the electricity system, with flow batteries and sodium-ion identified as having various advantages over lithium-ion – which makes up the bulk of batteries currently – such as longer-durations.

    Additionally, the report points to the link between EVs and energy storage, with the potential of smart charging and vehicle-to-grid offering an additional path to balancing the grid. It highlighted that in National Grid ESO’s recent Future Energy Scenarios report it suggests V2G could offer up to 38GW of power to the grid.

    “The Government and Ofgem must ensure that electricity network regulations and incentives are aligned to bring about the necessary investment in networks, storage and smart systems,” the House of Lords’ Science and Technology Select Committee writes. “They must ensure that energy market rules facilitate more sophisticated services, including tariffs to enable demand shifting, extensive use of battery storage, and smooth interactions with hydrogen systems.”

    The only person who got all his work done by Friday was Robinson Crusoe.
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    Won’t really impact any of us really but found this quite funny whilst on the throne 🤷🏻‍♂️💩


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    Won’t really impact any of us really but found this quite funny whilst on the throne 🤷🏻‍♂️💩

    We used to have, what I think they called trolley buses / trams back in the 1920’s here in Bristol that had a power feed that looked just like that and was used up until the WW2 when Adolf bombed the power station that supplied the power to the system.

    100 + year old tech, so you can teach an new Dog an old trick as well as a old Dog a new trick.😀

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    Chris there will be many different things required to get us to where we want to be.

    I like the use of trams as not only can they be green, they bring a bit of something to a town or city.

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