E-mobility and low carbon

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    Welcome Break: public EV charging prices and energy bill relief

    The energy crisis has pushed up prices for drivers charging their EVs on the public network. A depressing milestone was passed last month, when a public charging operator (CPO) had to increase its prices to a new high of £1/kWh. Many others have also put through significant increases, as regular...

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    Another one bites the dust: Plug-in car grant ends

    Last week the government announced the plug-in car grant scheme for electric vehicles (EVs) closed, having previously confirmed funding until 2022-23. Why? Well, the government stated it would allow it to concentrate funding towards what it called the main barriers to the EV transition, including public charging and supporting the...

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    Key take-aways from the Low-carbon hydrogen roundtable

    Recent announcements from the UK Government have made it clear that the role for low-carbon hydrogen in the UK energy system is set to increase rapidly across the next decade. There was significant focus on low-carbon hydrogen in the Energy Security Strategy, including the doubling of the hydrogen capacity target...

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    The Energy Security Bill explained – from the Queen’s Speech

    On Wednesday 11 May, the Queen's Speech was delivered which announced that an Energy Security Bill will be introduced at some point over the next parliamentary session. What is the Energy Security Bill and what does the Government state the benefits will be? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLfmkM0mAqc What are the main elements of...

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    Expanded guidance provides more clarity on electricity supply to EVs

    In a burgeoning EV-centric world, Ofgem’s updated guidance on supplying electricity to electric vehicles (EV) should provide clarity for many organisations around the supply arrangements in place for different charging scenarios. Due to their mobile nature, EVs don’t fit in with the legislative model that defines an electricity consumer by...

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    Net Zero Strategy: key points

    Yesterday, the government announced its long-awaited Net Zero Strategy, a 368-page document that provides a route the nation will take to a net zero economy. The strategy outlines how spending will be prioritised for power, fuel supply and hydrogen, industry, heat and buildings, transport, natural resources, and greenhouse gas removals....

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    EV Charge Points

    As part of the Climate Action Plan, Ireland has committed to having nearly one million electric vehicles (EVs) on the road by 2030. To help encourage the uptake of EVs, a number of incentives have been put in place such as tax subsidies and generous grants toward the purchase of a new or...

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    EV Demographics: Urban vs. Rural

    From a weather and geography standpoint, Ireland is an excellent country for an electric vehicle (EV) takeoff. It is a small island; there is partial national ownership of electrical supply; the climate is relatively mild; and the landscape is EV friendly (there is no major mountain pass or tough terrain through which people must cross). Additionally,...

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    The digital transition and its lessons for the energy sector

    Digitalisation of data is happening across all sectors globally. It has become pivotal to developing, modernising and transforming sectors from banking to healthcare. With COP26 on the horizon, a net zero target by 2050 enshrined in UK law and the sixth carbon budget aiming to reduce emissions by 78% by...

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    Update | Demand for more charging infrastructure as EV ownership increases

    We recently received additional information on a press release issued at the beginning of December on Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) charge points. Below is an update to the data and graph. We would like to apologise for any issues this may have caused. Updated analysis by Cornwall Insight shows the...

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    New service shows Electric Vehicles role in net zero

    As the ban of petrol and diesel vehicles looks set to be brought forward from 2040, electric vehicles (EVs) are increasingly the focus of the UK’s net zero journey. Last week the Labour party joined calls to bring the sale ban of new internal combustion engine (ICE) and hybrid vehicles...

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    UK plans EV recovery

    As the UK plans its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the energy and electric mobility sectors are set to play a key role in delivering economic rehabilitation centred on net zero. Here we discuss the outlook for the electric vehicles alongside recent policy actions made specifically to aid the sector...

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    Tesla builds capacity across the energy value chain

    In May, Tesla released details of its Autobidder platform, which can aggregate and optimise assets down to the behind-the-meter domestic scale for wholesale trading and grid services. The platform has already been utilised at a site in South Australia and is now available for generators and suppliers in GB. Tesla...

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    EV sales defy the market

    The spread of COVID-19 in the UK triggered a lockdown which severely impacted vehicle sales in March. Car sales fell 44.4% compared to the same month a year earlier and for the year-to-date are down 31.0%. The primary reasons for this decline appear to be the closure of car dealerships,...

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    Off the pace: Irish EV sales lag 2030 target levels

    This week’s blog compares the number of electric cars, including hybrid variants, sold in Ireland to date in 2020 against the same period for 2019. It shows that in January, EV registrations rose by 73.6% to 5,739 compared with January 2019. In February, sales rose by 13.3% compared with the...

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    Editor’s Pick Ireland | Do all roads lead to hydrogen?

    On 3 October, Hydrogen Mobility Ireland published its report: A Hydrogen Roadmap for Irish Transport, 2020-2030, which outlines how government and policymakers can facilitate the uptake of hydrogen-fuelled vehicles. Hydrogen is viewed as the cleanest fuel used to store and produce energy on demand, dependent on how green the process...

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    ESB charge points: Mo money mo problems

    ESB announced this week that charging your car at its public fast charge points will now be a paid-for service. Although the fee for fast charging has always been anticipated, the timing is interesting considering the government’s intention to have 1mn EVs on the road by 2030 and the historically...

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    Hy-way: A hydrogen roadmap for Irish transport

    The Hydrogen Mobility Ireland consortium, formed to develop and oversee an implementation strategy to introduce the use of hydrogen for mobility in Ireland, published its vision A Hydrogen Roadmap for Irish Transport, 2020-2030 in October. In this week's blog, we examine the key findings of the report, including the policies needed...

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    Charging up – half-yearly Irish EV sales analysed

    Transport in Ireland accounts for one-third of energy consumption and energy-related CO2 emissions. This is due to ~93% of the 2.1mn passenger cars registered at the end of 2018 being fuelled by petrol and diesel. In acknowledgement of this substantial contribution to carbon emissions from road transport, the Irish government’s...

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    Road to zero emissions: A slow start, the pace must now quicken

    A year and a day ago today the government’s Road to Zero strategy was issued, which was largely criticised for not going far enough to tackle surface transport emissions. Today’s Committee on Climate Change (CCC) publications concludes that the government must try harder, much harder, if net zero targets are to be met, with...

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    EVs meet the electricity market: clear road or bumps ahead?

    Cornwall Insight partnered with international law firm Gowling WLG to host a joint half-day seminar on 13 November 2018 to inform the developing debate on electric vehicle (EV) and electricity market synergies. Over 50 attendees heard from a diverse range of experts on how transport electrification at scale can be...

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    Suppliers drive forwards on EVs

    EDF, E.ON and ScottishPower have, in the past month, announced significant commitments to electric vehicles (EVs). These suppliers join a growing list of energy players that have made moves in the rapidly evolving EV space. On 10 October, EDF officially launched its Electric Mobility Plan to become the leading e-mobility energy company...

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    Electric vehicle smart charging – easier said than done?

    National Grid’s Future Energy Scenarios 2018 provides the most detailed view yet from the annually updated publication of the predicted impact of electric vehicles (EVs) on the electricity system. It confirms that provided EV “smart charging” becomes prevalent, the increase in peak demand arising from the anticipated rise in EVs can be...

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    Driven to Disruption – Electric Vehicles accelerating need for energy market change

    From being at the margins only a few years ago, the decarbonisation of transport is moving centre stage for the energy industry. With transport emissions now accounting for more UK greenhouse gas emissions that the power sector, the reason is clear to see. Our Driven to Disruption paper explains and evaluates the...

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    Ireland failing to get out of first gear on EV deployment

    There are increasing potential benefits that the mass-rollout of electric vehicles (EVs) will bring globally and in particular markets. Not only will they help to reduce emissions from the transport sector they also could offer potential solutions to grid balancing in the form of mobile battery storage and so-called “vehicle...

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    Energy suppliers race to establish electric vehicle propositions

    Electric vehicles (EVs) have received significant policy attention recently, particularly around establishing charging infrastructure to support their continued development. On 10 January the government published its Automotive Sector Deal, which confirmed support for EVs through £400mn of investment in charging infrastructure. Whilst BEIS reported that just five councils have made...