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The smart way to charge an electric vehicle: What's next for industry and Government policy?

From 2030 new petrol and diesel cars and vans will be phased out, and from 2035 the only new cars and vans available to purchase will be zero-emission. This revolution in personal mobility will run in parallel to the energy sector’s own dramatic transformation, which is already well underway, whereby over half of power generation now comes from low carbon sources in an increasingly decentralised and digitalised energy system.  

Smart charging will be key to getting these two processes work together harmoniously.  And to ensure that’s the case, Government will soon require all chargepoints to be smart. Beyond these device level requirements, discussions are ongoing on how to ensure the EV charging system as a whole is cyber secure and enables consumer switching. Using the smart meter system as the basis from smart charging has been tabled by Government as one option with others also being explored, each with different pros and cons. 

A new report commissioned by Energy UK – to be launched at the event – assesses some of these different approaches, in particular discussing the opportunities and trade-offs from using different smart charging eco-systems. A panel discussion of industry experts will delve into the topic and explore the current policy environment, discussing what industry and Government are (and should be) doing to develop an enduring solution for smart charging.   

Speakers

  • Joseph Cosier, Policy Manager for New Energy Services and Heat, Energy UK
  • Tom Pakenham, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, OVO Energy
  • Emma Roberts, Head of EV Smart Energy Policy, Office for Zero Emission Vehicles
  • Jeremy Yapp, Head of Flexible Energy Systems, BEAMA

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