A low-carbon vehicle operator has been appointed as Head of Electric Vehicles at the Renewable Energy Association.
In his new role, EV advocate Matthew Trevaskis will to champion the use of Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles, such as plug-in hybrids and fully electric battery-power (BPVs) vehicles in the UK.
The REA – the largest UK renewable energy trade association – is anticipating increased Government focus on the decarbonisation of the transport sector. While power sector CO2 emissions have fallen significantly, transport emissions have stalled and in both 2014 and 2015, increased.
Transport is now the largest source of CO2 emissions in the UK. The expanded use of EVs can reduce such emissions, while simultaneously addressing urban air quality challenges and creating opportunity for new domestic manufacturing and export.
Trevaskis’ experience in the electric vehicle arena stretches back to 1999 when he personally bought a road-registered electric Peugeot moped. In 2005, he founded Ecodrive, first an EV fleet trialling company and now an independent transport consultancy.
He said: “We now have affordable BPV and EV models coming to market sporting batteries with a capacity exceeding 40 kWh, capable of real-world driving touching 200 miles, for the price of an average hatchback.
“This will be hugely important in ‘selling’ the cars and vans to the next wave of adopters, who aren’t necessarily your tech savvy or ‘dark green’ customer
“The motor industry needs to shift its drivetrains rapidly towards zero emission operation, especially where vehicles are used in our towns and cities that are suffering acute air quality issues.”