At the start of FY21 the EV sector, and in fact the UK, finds itself in uncharted waters due to the COVID-19 public health emergency and associated economic ramifications. Despite this, government has been able to deliver significant policies and supportive measures ahead of the lockdown, suggesting that the EV transition and the decarbonisation of transport is set to move into another gear. This may however be later in 2020 than many hoped for.
In this issue, we begin by examining the precursor to the Transport Decarbonisation Plan and the key priorities of the Department for Transport as it looks to decarbonise the transport sector. While the fully fledged strategy will be delivered in Autumn, it is already clear that to achieve net zero, radical change will be required across all modes of travel.
In The Policy Dimension, we provide a comprehensive review of the Budget 2020, along with a summary of the major policy developments to have taken place in the past three-months.
We then feature a case study from EV charging technology firm Ohme, along with analysis of the consultation on moving forward the date of the sales ban of new Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) and hybrid vehicles in Fleet Footed.
In The Showroom, we highlight a range of global investments in the EV sector from automotive companies, whilst in Substation, we look at the recommendations of BEAMA to future proof charging infrastructure.
We also provide our usual electricity retail tariff update in Tariff Tracker, as well as an update on the state of the market in the EV Dashboard. This now also features analysis of public charging infrastructure.
In Contraflow, we examine the initial thoughts of the Hydrogen Taskforce on the role of hydrogen in the future of transport. We also cover a key consultation on the use of E10 fuel at UK forecourts.
Finally, a new section launches in this quarter on the EV market in Ireland. Here we bring you up to speed on key developments in the Irish EV market.