The REA’s Electric Vehicle (EV) member forum is working to grow the market for electric vehicles sustainably – based on intelligent, flexible charging from renewables, a real world ‘well-to-wheels’ reduction in carbon intensity and improved air quality, and careful management of the load on the transmission and distribution grids.

The Forum is comprised of over 75 companies that are manufacturing, installing, operating, consulting on, financing and providing electricity supply to EV charging infrastructure. Members range from standalone EV charging companies and OEMs, to those seeking to aggregate and manage demand or developing co-located charging infrastructure with other low-carbon technologies such as on-site solar and battery storage.

About the REA’s EV Forum

The Forum has three key work streams:

  • Consumer Protection (covering issues such as pricing and domestic installations)
    • One major output is the launch (March 2020) of the UK’s first consumer code for domestic charge point installers – details here.
  • Infrastructure Deployment (covering issues such as grants, wayleaves, grid connection processes and costs, planning across on-street, destination, domestic, workplace, and charging hubs)
  • Interoperability (covering both public and private charging infrastructure)
    • The REA’s 2019 report on public charging interoperability can be found here.

Further REA messaging and positions can be found in the Resources section of the website.

Governance of the Forum

The REA’s EV Forum has an elected chair and steering group.

  • CHAIR: Tanya Sinclair, Policy Director UK & Ireland at ChargePoint

Steering group members include:

  • Ian Johnson, CEO of Engenie
  • Robert Evans, CEO of Cenex
  • Graeme Cooper, Project Director at National Grid
  • Matthew Trevaskis, Director at Drivenergy
  • Clive Southwell, Sales Director at Enel X
  • Naomi Nye, EV Sales Manager UK at Alfen
  • Dai Richards, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, ABB
  • Fiona Howarth, CEO at Octopus Electric Vehicles

For information about joining the REA’s EV Forum, contact Daniel Brown.

Member & External Engagement

The REA EV Forum hosts four formal meetings per year in conjunction with the Solar, Energy Storage, and Large-Scale Power & Markets Forums. Details of these can be found on the events page of the website.

The EV Forum additionally hosts a number of topic-specific ad-hoc meetings as required, in addition to seminars.

The REA hosts an annual EV conference focusing on how consumers will engage with the EV sector by 2025. In 2020 we hosted three webinars, the recordings of which can be found here.

The REA is on the steering group of ITT Hub, a new low-carbon commercial vehicle exhibition, which will take place from in May 2021 at Farnborough International Conference and Exhibition Center.

The REA is the ‘Industry Partner’ for the mass-consumer facing Fully Charged LIVE show in the UK, re-scheduled for October 2020 at Farnborough International Conference and Exhibition Center.

REA & UK Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Association (UKEVSE)

On the 30th March 2020 it was announced that UKEVSE was merging with the REA. This will produce a more cohesive voice for the UK’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure sector. Details of the announcement can be found here.

A number of resources and reports produced by Cenex and the UKEVSE are also now available on the REA website, including the Chargepoint Procurement Guidance report (2018) and A guide on electric vehicle charging and DNO engagement for local authorities, jointly produced with Western Power Distribution (2018).

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