UK seeks consultation on governance of EV industry


UK utilities, institutes and solutions providers are seeking views on the standardisation, compliance, interoperability and best practices in the electric vehicles (EV) market.

The consultation is part of an effort to establish a UK industry EV Governance Framework (EVGF) by partners Energy UK, innogy, E.ON, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and solutions provider Gemserv.

This will help to boost consumer confidence, and address market failures via a forum that engages market actors.

The framework will help create a single point of reference to address compliance and market interdependencies that encompass the digital marketplace, a digital compliance tool, and an industry-led forum.

The Institution of the EVGF would consist of common rules and standards for data sharing, smart charging and help boost market efficiency and innovation.

 A market analysis by Gemserv found that despite grants offered for charging points and tax reliefs aimed at the EV market, growth in zero-emissions vehicles represented on 2.2% of new vehicle registrations in the country.

This seemingly contradicts recent news that price parity has already reached between electric and conventionally-powered vehicles in the UK and other European countries.

The consultation is open until 08 April.