Anglo-Scottish energy chiefs tell Brit-Govt to go faster in drive towards BPV-Britain

Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish First Minister plugs her minority SNP government plans to make Scotland BPV-friendly by 2032
Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish First Minister plugs her minority SNP-government plans to make Scotland BPV-friendly by 2032

The trade association for gas and electricity suppliers has called for the industry and government to go faster in the drive towards a BPV-Britain.

Energy UK – who 90 members range from the Big Six to dozens of small, new independent providers – says the whole country would benefit from a move to BPVs (battery-powered vehicles)

With the Scot-Govt hoping to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2032 – and by 2040 for the the Brit-Govt – the association’s new ‘Electric Vehicle Revolution’ report says that the UK must now speed up its progress to a future where cleaner and more efficient transport can transform air quality, boost manufacturing and even contribute to meeting energy demand. 

 The report – is the first of a series from Energy UK on BPVs and sets out how greater collaboration across the energy, automotive and technology industries is essential to the rapid expansion of green vehicles.

The Energy UK BPV working group – which includes Scottish Power, SSE and the Ireland electricity grid – calls on the (Brit) Govt to develop:

  • A regulatory framework which provides certainty for future investment and supports and incentivises the development of charging infrastructure through the forthcoming BPV and Autonomous Vehicle Bill and Clean Growth Plan.
  • More support for innovation and the ability to share usage data to assist with future infrastructure planning.  
  • Smart charging arrangements to manage demand through, for example, time of use tariffs: this threatens to re-ignite the massive protest against road toll charges, which resulted in a signature signed by two million people against the last Labour governenment’s plans) and:
  • Come up with solutions which ensure benefits, ease of use and freedom for BPV owners.   
Lawrence Slade
Lawrence Slade

Lawrence Slade, Chief Executive, Energy UK, said: “BPVs are the perfect catalyst for a smart-er grid that cuts carbon emissions and empowers consumers. 

“Car owners could benefit financially from BPVs’ ability to store and supply power back to the grid – which shows how the way we all use energy in the future could be transformed.   

“The full integration of BPVs into UK’s energy infrastructure is a challenge that demands a ‘whole system’ approach. It requires ambition, close cooperation across several sectors and a vision that is based around empowering and benefitting the consumer. 

“Issues like managing demand will need to be tackled but the prize is substantial – everything from the air that we breathe through to the manufacturing and tech sector’s stand to benefit.”    

Meanwhile, Grampian-based rally driver Chris Ramsey and wife Julie have now completed the 10,000 mile Mongol Rally from Britain to Siberia in a Nissan Leaf BPV. No back-up or support vehicles were allowed to take part.

14 Sept 2017

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