Up to £6.5bn is required to avoid EVs stressing UK grid


The UK Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce (EVET) has released the results of a series of studies being conducted to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) without putting pressure on the country’s grid network.

According to EVET, between £2.7 billion ($3.4 billion) and £6.5 billion ($8.3 billion) is required in infrastructure spending to manage EV integration without affecting grid efficiency and resilience.

21 key proposals issued to government and industry include:

  • Ensure strong coordination between government, key energy infrastructure and transport industry stakeholders to ensure that EV drivers, electricity consumers and the energy system benefit from the integration of EVs and the energy system
  • Provide financial incentives to EV drivers to ensure that the potential energy storage capacity of millions of EV vehicles is used to reduce peak demand
  • Prioritise greater standardisation across the charging network to ensure it works resiliently, efficiently and securely with the electricity system
  • Establish an independent body to promote the benefits of smart charging through a major publicity campaign, to ensure EV drivers are confident and well informed
  • Extend the principle of ‘open data’ in the energy system to include EV charge points and EVs, to allow more effective smart charging of EVs.

Minister for the Future of Transport George Freeman said: “We are 100% committed to decarbonising the UK’s road network. Our £1.5bn ($1.9 billion) Road to Zero strategy is supporting a thriving electric vehicle market; last year in the UK a battery electric vehicle was sold every 15 minutes.

“Government commissioned the Taskforce to advise how we can best work with industry to make sure the energy system is ready for the transition to electric vehicles. This report provides important evidence to shape the next stage of our Road to Zero roadmap.”

Fintan Slye, director of National Grid ESO said: “With an estimated 35 million electric vehicles on the roads by 2050 or sooner, we have a fantastic opportunity for the transport and electricity sectors to work together to deliver a low carbon transition that benefits all electricity consumers.”

EVET is made up of 350 organisations.

The UK has a target to phase out conventionally powered vehicles by 2040.

National Grid ESO predicts that by 2030 the UK will have 11.9 million EVs on the road.

The report is available for download here.