Electric: The story so far…
Advances in battery and charging technology have made an electric vehicle a viable alternative for many UK drivers offering a real and immediate solution to reducing air pollution and CO2 emissions.
Despite polarised debate on how ‘green’ fully electric vehicles really are, overwhelming evidence shows marked improvements on combustion engines, and that by increasing renewable generation within the energy mix, recycling batteries, and fine-tuning manufacturing processes, EVs can have a transformative effect on both particulate and CO2 emissions over their lifespan.
Driving EV adoption
2020 marks a step change in the EV revolution, with major car brands (including the Volkswagen Auto Group, the world’s largest car maker) launching their brand new EV line ups, that offer distances between charges to rival Tesla, at price points comparable to traditional mid-range cars.
Range anxiety is delaying EV uptake by the public, as much as the purchase price, with availability of chargers being the most influential factor.
Suburban EV owners opt to charge at home, where they have a driveway. For urban house owners without a driveway, on-street charging schemes are needed. For those living in flats with communal or landlord-owned parking, ‘destination’ and on-street charging is crucial.
‘Ultra Rapid’ charging technology will close the gap between EV charging and refuelling a traditional car, with charging times eventually dropping below the current best-case of 20-30 minutes, as battery technology matures. But challenges include enormous up-front costs, and of course, grid capacity.
In the meantime, most drivers will charge at home, or failing that, at destinations such as work, shops, and airports and on-street near home. They want to be certain that they can park, and charge, when they arrive.
Choosing the right charge point type in the right location is critical when creating networks that meet the needs of the new generation of EV drivers. Location also determines how much power is available from the grid and is a major factor in viability of charger types for a given site. All of these things combined can influence the commercial viability of a charging network.
For larger or power-constrained car park locations, Smart Charging (where the cars and chargers in a car park ‘talk’ to each other to load-balance the overall power supply) can allow more vehicles to charge simultaneously.
With so many emerging and influential factors, our breadth and depth of experience is crucial in helping clients navigate this ever-changing landscape.
Contributing to the ambitions set out in the Road to Zero Strategy and the UK Industrial Strategy, OLEV’s policy objective is to facilitate decarbonisation of the road transport system by increasing electric vehicle uptake.
OLEV aims to do this by improving the EV driver’s charging experience through making public charge point data openly available, forming an early basis for standardisation across the charge point industry.
Working with Zap-Map, The Department for Transport recently published a league table of data illustrating the public electric car charging infrastructure available across the UK and highlighting gaps in provision.
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