Charging the Future: Delivering our Electric Dream

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Successfully achieving our zero emission transport future depends upon a comprehensive public charging infrastructure that’s robust, reliable and accessible to all.

This conference was held in Westminster on 31st march 2022,  bringing together an illustrious panel of industry experts and Government representatives, regulators and consumer groups to tackle the big questions:

  • What does the perfect public charging network look like for the end user?
  • What industry actions and Government interventions are necessary to deliver a public charging network to be proud of?
  • How many and what type of public charging points will we need?

Determining the number and distribution of future public charging points is a question often asked – with many alternative scenarios suggested. The EV Energy Taskforce has carried out sophisticated in-depth modelling to provide the answer, which will be unveiled at the conference.

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The groundbreaking Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce brings senior stakeholders from energy, infrastructure, automotive and transport together for the very first time, actively advising government and industry on achieving our electric revolution.
With input and contributions from over 350 leading UK organisations, this highly influential and respected taskforce engages with Ministers, senior policy makers and cross-sector industry experts on being ready for the mass adoption of EVs.

Phase One concluded in January 2020 with the delivery of the ‘Energising our Electric Vehicle Transition’ report, presenting 21 hard-hitting proposals on what’s needed to successfully electrify our road transport.
Phase Two saw the publication of ‘Moving from Proposals to Actions’ in October 2020, an in-depth report supporting these far-reaching findings and recommendations.
Phase Three focused on ‘delivering system success’, exploring the critical actions and enablers necessary to ensure our charging infrastructure is second to none and does not stand in the way of EV uptake.

The Taskforce is run by Zemo Partnership at the request of the UK Government. It is chaired by Philip New, former Chief Executive of the Energy Systems Catapult.

EV Energy Taskforce Phase Two

'Our belief is that if a positive experience cannot be provided to the EV driver, the potential development of this new market and its ability to contribute to our ‘Net Zero’ ambition will be compromised.'Philip New, Energy Systems Catapult, CEO

'Developing a multi-stakeholder co-ordinated view on what is needed to liberate the electric vehicle smart charging sector has been vital in providing ‘no regret’ proposals to government and industry.'Andy Eastlake, Zemo Partnership, MD

'The recent growth in electric vehicles shows there is appetite for these exciting technologies. Industry is investing heavily to provide more choice but, to really drive uptake, this must be supported by a long-term commitment to incentives and infrastructure. Drivers must feel confident that it’s as easy to charge as to pull up at a forecourt and refuel.' Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive

‘Providing EV drivers with a hassle-free, seamless charging experience requires the urgent development of further standards and codes of practice that ensure full interoperability and sharing of data between the vehicle and the electricity system.’Howard Porter, BEAMA Chief Executive

EV Energy Taskforce Phase One

Three key priorities emerged from the first phase of the EV Energy Taskforce:

  • The urgency of developing standards and codes of practice to enable interoperability and the sharing of data within the Electric Vehicle sector and with the electricity system.
  • The need for effective local and national planning and coordination to enable efficient investment, mediating the balance between future-proofing and asset stranding.
  • The criticality of smart charging; underpinned by a resilient network and clear market signals, to reduce the of supplying power to millions of EVs.

These three priorities run through the twenty-one proposals made by the EV Energy Taskforce which were included in the phase one report, published in January 2020.

Underpinning the proposals is a key defining principle; the EV transition is best served by always aligning with the best outcome for the consumer – typically the EV driver. Our belief is that if a positive experience cannot be provided to the EV driver, the potential development of this new market and its ability to contribute to our ‘Net Zero’ ambition will be compromised.

Philip New
EV Energy Taskforce Chair

The EV Energy Taskforce Phase One report is the culmination of over a year’s intensive work involving over 350 different stakeholder organisations. The Taskforce Steering Group would like to thank everyone for their valuable contribution in producing this pivotal report.

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NewsGovernment to mandate provision of EV charge points on new homes and buildings22 November 2021

The Government has announced that all new homes and buildings such as supermarkets and workplaces, as well as those undergoing major renovation, will be required to install electric vehicle charge points from the beginning of 2022. The decision follows a consultation on the issue. The Government says that up to 145,000 extra charge points will be installed across England each year thanks to these regulations. It has supported the installation of over 250,000 home and workplace charge points to date. As well as new homes and non-residential buildings, those undergoing largescale renovations…

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    Office for Low Emission Vehicles, Department for Business, Energy, Innovation and Skills

    The Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce was convened by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) at the behest of ministers. It is chaired by Philip New, Chief Executive of the Energy Systems Catapult, facilitated by Jonathan Murray of Zemo Partnership and overseen by the members of the EV Energy Taskforce Steering Group.