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EV Energy Taskforce signposts route to UK charging infrastructure success

The Government-backed Electric Vehicle (EV) Energy Taskforce has published four new reports that define the charging infrastructure conditions required to enable the UK to make a success of zero emissions transport.

The primary focus of policymakers’ attention is now moving to the UK’s EV recharging infrastructure as demand for plug-in vehicles – and cars, in particular – is taking off.

Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) represented nearly a fifth of the UK new car market in November, with 21,726 units – more than double compared with the same month last year.

With input from over 350 leading UK organisations, the Taskforce brings together - for the first time - senior stakeholders from energy, infrastructure, automotive and transport sectors. 

Participants collaborate with government and policymakers to ensure that there are critical systems and procedures in place to enable the optimal integration of the UK’s energy and transport systems and deliver overall system success.

Phase Three of the Taskforce’s work is now focused on defining the minimum, enabling conditions required to deliver the EV charging infrastructure needed in the UK.

The reports look at four key areas, including: 

Encouraging investment in public EV charging

As awareness of, and excitement for, electric vehicles grows, ‘charging anxiety’ has replaced range anxiety as a key barrier to EV adoption.

While this is partly down to a lack of consumer understanding and ‘misinformation’, there’s no doubt that further investment in the UK’s public charging infrastructure is required, if the UK is to give motorists both the means and confidence to switch to electric and achieve its phase-out target dates.

The study explores the different business models currently used and those expected to develop in the charging market.

It provides policymakers with the information and analysis required to make clear, bold decisions to help remove the barriers and provide the solutions and incentives necessary to encourage the development of a fully functioning market.

Commercial EV fleet charging requirements

Commercial fleets play a pivotal role in the UK economy and could lead the electric vehicle revolution. However, while many UK operators have ambitious targets to electrify by 2030, the perceived lack of an adequate charging infrastructure is often cited as a key barrier to the wide roll-out of electrified fleets.

This report provides insights into industries’ opinion of the current EV charging options and, crucially, their views on future requirements to enable the mass uptake of EVs by fleets. Key stakeholders from public and private sector fleet operators provide their assessments, along with those from local government, infrastructure and energy sectors.

These findings inform the EV Energy Taskforce modelling used to assess the UK’s future charging infrastructure requirements.

Cyber security and smart charging

This report explores the issues and uncertainties around charging device interoperability, cyber security, data privacy and grid flexibility and stability; plus the interventions and actions urgently required to overcome these challenges.

Clearly no small task, this necessitates a collaborative, iterative approach by all stakeholders to now define and advise the government on the standards and specifications needed to ensure an efficient, equitable and affordable roll-out of smart EV charging infrastructure in the UK.

Data accessibility and privacy

This study recognises the vital importance of data privacy and security and the need to build consumer trust and confidence in EV charging systems.

By mapping out the EV data requirements for smart charging between the network, charge point, vehicle and consumer, this report provides a gap analysis to identify what additional data is needed, how it should be provided and under what conditions. It also identifies the key issues and offers data solutions for optimising the UK’s energy system to deliver better consumer outcomes and policy decisions.

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