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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.

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Philip Gordon is based in Clarion Energy's Cape Town office as a Content Producer for the Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International media titles. Phil's interests include the energy transition, smart grid technologies, smart city technologies, and e-mobility in all its forms. His media experience spans B2B and consumer print, commercial copywriting, and radio over the past 19 years.