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Electric cars are on the rise and the UK must be ready

10 January 2018

It’s been reported that both the electric car registration has risen by 35% in Wales and as a consequence that the UK must be ready for rise of electric vehicles.

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According to the chief executive of ABB, the UK should speed up preparations for the rise of electric vehicles. This comes just after the company announced its partnership with Formula E, the number one all-electric international motor sport.

“E-mobility is unstoppable, it’s just a question of how fast and how deep it will be deployed,” he said. “The UK has a big population that really wants to contribute to a greener, more sustainable world. But there’s always a question of whether it’s quick enough. In the next couple of years, it’s in the interest of everybody to make sure the infrastructure is coming up.”

Adding to the UK’s network of electric charging points will be a huge part of this process. The National Grid has predicted the number of electric cars could surge to 9million by 2030 and we need charging points to serve this need.

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Delphine Clement, EMEA Mobility Segment Manager at Eaton said, “now we move from talking about ‘range anxiety’ for electric vehicles and start to really tackle the infrastructure changes needed to transform and facilitate the rise of electric vehicles. The industry will think much more about how to work closely with the likes of major supermarkets and petrol stations to ensure sufficient charging points are installed throughout Europe. This process will require the industry to consider what types of chargers should be installed and who will need to use them – influenced by user behaviours, autonomous vehicle uptake, commercial fleet management and external factors such as geography.”

“However, implementing a wider charging infrastructure will have a considerable impact on energy demand – forcing the energy sector to closely consider how peak demand and grid stability can be managed. The solution to this issue will need to encompass not just the extension of grid infrastructure but also photovoltaics and storage, load management, smart charging and DC microgrids amongst other technologies. In this way, the industry can enable the right infrastructure and easy access to charging to make range anxiety a thing of the past.”


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