REA comments on EV Energy Taskforce final report
- EV Energy Taskforce releases final report with 21 proposals to Government
- Report comments on key areas relating to charge point standards, electricity grid investment, and consumer protection
- REA welcomes report but notes some key industry questions remain unanswered
Commenting on today’s launch of the report from the Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce, Daniel Brown, Policy Manager and EV Lead at the REA said:
“This is a welcome document at a critical time for the electric vehicle sector. UK deployment of vehicles and infrastructure so far has been good, but taking the leap from thousands of electric cars and vans on the roads to millions is going to require industry, Government, and regulators to work together in a deeper and more structured way.
“This Taskforce has importantly highlighted the key roles of interoperability and common industry standards, of consumer protection, and of smart charging in the future energy and transport systems which the REA has been centrally campaigning on. Additionally, it has also rightly given direction on anticipatory electricity network investment, weighed in on data sharing between parties, and stated an inclination for managing smart charging events in a market-led manner.
“That said, there are some missed opportunities in this report. The Taskforce could have been more ambitious, for example, in language around mandating ‘roaming’ for public charging infrastructure. More clear direction on how networks and energy suppliers relate to each other to manage smart charging, and the extent to which Government should be intervening and helping to deploy infrastructure in times of market failure, would also have been valuable.
“We now ask the Government urgently reviews this report and takes action, particularly around the recommendations relating to smart charging, standards development, and more coordinated planning. The EV charging and renewable energy sectors, for our part, are ready to collaborate to deliver on our shared Net Zero ambition.”
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Notes to editors
- The REA participated in work packages 1, 2, and 3 of the EV Energy Taskforce.
- The EV Energy Taskforce launch press release is available on the LowCVP website: https://www.lowcvp.org.uk/news,ev-energy-taskforce-news-government-advisory-body-says-electric-vehicle-revolution-can-be-a-boon-to-the-uks-energy-system_4034.htm
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The REA’s EV Forum is comprised of around 75 companies involved in financing, installing, operating, manufacturing, and providing services to the UK’s EV charging infrastructure market.
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