• Commercial and market outlook

    It’s finally happening; EV market hotter than ICE in 2022! Is the NEM ready?

    For the first time in 30 years, Australia’s highest-selling mid-size vehicle is not a Toyota Camry - running an internal combustion engine (ICE). As reported by 7 news, it has been replaced by the Tesla Model 3. This piece of information demonstrates that the EV uptake in Australia is achieving...

  • Commercial and market outlook

    EV uptake set to transform the grid in the Australia – but how much?

    Electric vehicles (EVs) are slowly becoming more popular in Australia, with new car sales increased during the last two years. Although Australia is behind in EV deployment compared to other countries, Federal and state governments have taken serious steps to accelerate EV uptake. Therefore, EVs could play a significant role...

  • Low carbon generation

    Electric Vehicles vs reactive power controllability of inverter-based resources

    Electric Vehicles (EVs) are quickly plugging into electricity distribution systems (EDS) around the world. Their take up introduces new challenges due to their random and high energy consumption. One of the important challenges associated with integrating EVs into EDS is voltage imbalance due to EV uptake in residential areas. This...

  • E-mobility and low carbon

    The best is yet to come: Electric Vehicles surpass 2021 diesel sales

    The Transport Decarbonisation Plan published yesterday sets out new targets to cut emissions from the sea, roads and railways, joining an earlier commitment to phase out polluting cars and vans by 2035. In assessing the progress so far, we take a look at data released last week from the Society of Motor...

  • E-mobility and low carbon

    Chart of the week | The only way is up: Electric Vehicle registrations

    Data released last week from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Ltd (SMMT) showed plug-in hybrid (PHEV) sales unusually higher than Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) registrations in April. PHEVs took a 6.8% share of all new car registrations compared to 6.5% for BEVs. In this 'Chart of the week',...

  • Energy storage and flexibility

    Chart of the week | Increasing electricity balancing costs and an increasing System Operator role

    Last week saw the publication of Ofgem's review of GB energy system operation. This makes recommendations that the roles and functions of the electricity and gas system operators need to change in light of net zero. In this week's 'Chart of the week', I wanted to focus on one aspect...

  • E-mobility and low carbon

    Chart of the week | Every breath you take: Clean Air Day and Electric Vehicle uptake

    On Clean Air Day 2020, we reflect on the increasing uptake of electric vehicles (EVs), with record battery EV (BEV) sales in September despite overall car sales going down. This week's 'Chart of the week' explores drivers behind these trends and considers potential longer-term impacts of COVID-19 on EV sales.

  • E-mobility and low carbon

    Chart of the week | Risin’ up to the challenge of a rival: Battery Electric Vehicle sales

    Despite a 97% drop in vehicle sales and difficult market conditions, demand for Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) continued, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Ltd (SMMT). 1,374 BEVs were registered during April, accounting for 32% of all new vehicle registrations, outselling diesel cars (1,079) for the first...

  • E-mobility and low carbon

    Chart of the week | Fleet Electrification to drive EV uptake

    The UK government has set measures to “effectively” ban the sale of all new internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles from 2035 onwards to support the UK’s target to achieve net zero by 2050. It is expected that electric vehicles (EVs) will replace petrol and diesel as the primary mode of...

  • E-mobility and low carbon

    Pixie Chart of the week | UnBEVlievable: EV sales break records in 2019

    2019 was an exceptional year for electric vehicle (EV) sales, and particularly for battery electric vehicles (BEVs), which are fast becoming the choice powertrain within the plug-in vehicle category. BEV sales are higher than the National Grid Future Energy Scenarios’ (FES) Consumer Evolution and Steady Progression forecasts, shown in this...

  • E-mobility and low carbon

    Pixie Chart of the week | 2018 EV sales to match National Grid projection

    On 5 November, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) published its October 2018 EV registration data. The graph shows a 6% increase on EV registrations for the year-to-date compared to 2017, although for the majority of 2018, BEV sales were slightly down. This week's Pixie Chart of the...

  • E-mobility and low carbon

    Pixie Chart of the week | Low-carbon transport future at risk due to policy gap

    A letter to the Business Secretary from the CCC has highlighted a gap in policy measures for road transport to achieve the most cost-effective path for decreasing transport emissions. The UK transport sector is now the largest greenhouse gas (GHG) emitter by sector, responsible for 28% of national emissions. Current...

  • E-mobility and low carbon

    Pixie Chart of the week | Peak load from EV uptake manageable: McKinsey

    We review a recent article by management consultants McKinsey & Company, The Potential Impact of Electric Vehicles on Global Energy Systems in this week's Chart of the week. The research that found that power demand increases due to EV uptake are likely to be manageable. Impacts on the electricity load...

  • E-mobility and low carbon

    Pixie Chart of the week | EVs’ future role uncertain as uptake projections vary

    In Ofgem’s latest insight paper, Future Insights Paper 5 - Implications of the Transition to Electric Vehicles, published on 18 July, National Grid’s Future Energy Scenarios (FES) electric vehicle (EV) projections were found to have varied significantly in the period 2015 to 2017. From this, two key points could be...

  • E-mobility and low carbon

    Pixie Chart of the week | Lower prices forecast in Li-battery market

    In a tally of battery suppliers published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance in its Electric Vehicle Outlook 2018, Panasonic – which provides the cells for Tesla’s electric vehicles (EVs) – has perhaps unsurprisingly come out on top, based on capacity in 2016-17.

  • E-mobility and low carbon

    Chart of the week | Moving up a gear: BP purchases Chargemaster

    The purchase of Chargemaster – the UK’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging company – by BP for £130mn marked a significant development in the oil major’s entry into the EV space. This is the latest in a series of EV-related acquisitions from BP. This sees it increase its “mobility as...

  • E-mobility and low carbon

    Chart of the week | Will electric vehicles spark new life into energy retail

    Vattenfall joined the growing number of GB energy suppliers looking to build electric vehicle (EV) propositions, with the launch of its inCharge public network in the UK on 30 May 2018. This move sees it enter the busy space of suppliers looking to engage with the opportunities that EVs bring....

  • E-mobility and low carbon

    Chart of the week | EV charging – who’s in the driving seat?

    Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) raised a modification to the Smart Energy Code (SEC) on 21 February. This has the potential to have some profound impacts on the EV charging sector. In this week's Chart of the week, Ed Reed discusses the raised modification. The proposal is to allow...