Six months on from the release of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper in which Electric and Low-Emission Vehicles was announced as one of five new ‘sector deals’, and as the BEIS Select Committee has launched an inquiry into Electric vehicles this forum will discuss the next steps to increase the uptake of Electric & [U]LEV. Delegates will also examine the commercial opportunities of Electric & [U]LEV and latest thinking on how the UK can anticipate and prepare for the system impacts and opportunities of the shift to EVs for the electricity system. How measures outlined in the Vehicle Technology & Aviation Bill seek to address these issues will also be discussed.
How can the UK increase the uptake of Electric + [U]LEV?
With the Environmental Audit Committee warning in September that the Government was set to miss its 2020 target of ultra-low emission vehicles making up 9% of all new car and van sales delegates will discuss how misconceptions about the costs of EV ownership can be overcome as well as what lessons the UK can take from other countries such as Norway where half of new-car sales are now hybrid or electric vehicles. Attendees will also consider how to increase the provision of charging infrastructure, the role of incentives to increase uptake for domestic and commercial users and how to capitalise on growing concerns about air pollution to promote Electric + [ULEV].
What are the Commercial Opportunities of Electric + [U]LEV?
Sessions will provide an opportunity to consider emerging business opportunities for car manufacturers, tech companies and the wider motor research industry and how to take advantage of Government support outlined in the Industrial Strategy Green Paper. Latest thinking on the battery technologies that will power the next generation of electric vehicles (funding for which was announced in the Spring Budget) and the expected outcome of Sir Mark Walport’s review into the case for a new research institution to act as a focal point for work on battery technology, energy storage and grid technology will also be considered. Ways in which the motor industry will have to adapt and reskill due to greater uptake of electric and hybrid vehicles will also be discussed.
What does an increase in electricity used for vehicles mean for the network supplying them?
The morning will provide an opportunity for attendees to focus on how the UK can anticipate and prepare for the system impacts and opportunities of the shift to electric vehicles. Time will be allocated to assess how to ensure all charge points are interoperable between networks and can interact with the grid and the latest thinking on Domestic vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology. Consideration will also be given to whether new frameworks for charging customers might be necessary to change the way people think about energy consumption and encourage a shift away from the use of peak time electricity when charging vehicles at home.