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EV sees new UK legislation and government investment into the Road to Zero Strategy.

July has seen the passage of the Automated and Electric Vehicles Act through the UK Parliament.  The legislation is set to improve electric chargepoint availability, give the Government new powers to ensure motorway services are upgraded to provide adequate charging points and allow city Mayors to request installations at large fuel retailers in their areas. For the first time, payment for charging and charging reliability will be standardised.

The government has committed to investing £1.5bn in ultra low emission vehicles by 2020. Chris Grayling, UK Secretary of State for Transport, said: "The Road to Zero Strategy sets out a clear path for Britain to be a world leader in the zero emission revolution - ensuring that the UK has cleaner air, a better environment and a stronger economy."

Public charging point

Public charging point, Arbroath Harbour Image: Nick Burse

As part of this investment, the government has made £40m available to businesses to develop and demonstrate new ways of charging EVs.

The Office of Low Emission Vehicles and Innovate UK (part of UK Research and Innovation) is making the funding available via two competitions to support EV owners without off-street parking to charge their vehicles and for the wireless charging of commercial vehicles.

Meanwhile the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has stated that the UK government, energy regulator Ofgem and local authorities should enable the rollout of charging infrastructure to allow close to 100% electric vehicle (EV) sales by 2030.

The NIC assessment includes recommendations for minimum standards, identification of potential investments, collaboration between local authorities and charge points providers and the subsidy of rural and remote areas rapid charge points.

Ofgem, the UK energy regulator, has proposed a more flexible use of the energy system.  If EV owners only top up outside peak demand times on the grid (when energy prices are cheapest) - at least 60% more EVs could be charged up compared with 'inflexible' charging where electric vehicles are only charged at peak times.

EV one-liners:

  • Tesla is working hard to increase production although its robotics have not necessarily improved efficiency.
  • Gyon has launched a high-end EV brand in Los Angeles.
  • An all-electric version of the Ford F-650 has been developed by Roush CleanTech.
  • A new thermal management system has been incorporated into Mercedes-Benz's all-electric city bus, eCitaro.
  • Dubai sees DHL Express partner with Al Nabooda Automobiles to introduce the all-electric Volkswagen e-Golf for deliveries and collections for the first time in the region.

Tags: electric vehicles, Europe, OEM Equipment, Tesla

Published 28th August, 2018

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