EV on a charge
A number of passenger cars will tote batteries with a 350-mile range by 2019/2020, while the total ownership cost for most EV owners could be lower than that for internal combustion engine equivalents by as soon as 2020, according to UK-based Renewable Energy Association.
However, the REA has concerns about charging infrastructure. While advancements will be made around the speed of charging vehicles – plans are already in place for five-minute charges – the association believes such quick charging will have only select use due to pressures on the power grid.
That’s why the REA is calling for new infrastructure and charging networks need to be put in place now, and says:
A significant proportion of parking spaces at supermarkets, multi-storey car parks and surface car parks at key locations need charging points to meet growing demand. Rapid or semi-rapid chargers may be appropriate at supermarkets to suit dwell times and enable greater throughput of vehicles.
All new houses should have three-phase electricity supply for effective charging of EVs.
Other types of new-build accommodation, such as blocks of flats and communities with shared parking, should also implement effective charging solutions to meet significant demand.
All new workplaces should have EV charging facilities on-site, or provision to install charge points
“Government needs to act as an enabler to the automotive industry so the UK can at the very least maintain its current R&D/manufacturing share but should aim to significantly increase it as well as manufacturing capacity, as the rapid shift to electrification of transport unfolds,” the REA says.
At the start of this month, ChargePoint Services and Motor Fuel Group inked a deal for the rollout of EV charging across UK service stations. MFG is the second-largest independent operator in the UK with 413 stations, and will install the 50kW rapid chargers at sites operating under the BP, Shell, Texaco, JET and Murco brands. The equipment will be part of ChargePoint Services’ existing GeniePoint Network.
A number of major corporations are getting behind EVs, with, HP, Ikea and Unilever signing up to the EV100 initiative developed by The Climate Group to help make electric vehicles the norm by 2030.