The Rise to Dominance of the EV: The Role of Infrastructure

Against a backdrop of increasingly severe health warnings caused by air pollution and the effects of a carbon-intensive transport system, the stage is perfectly set for the rise to dominance of the Electric Vehicle (EV) as part of a country’s overall transport objective. Keir Pimblett and Alex Underwood review the role that infrastructure has to play, looking at Government incentives, private sector involvement and the impact on the existing electricity network.

Current position

According to statistics from OLEV (the Government’s ‘Office for Low Emission Vehicles’) there are currently around 100,000 ultra-low emission vehicles, 11,000 public charge points and over 50,000 domestic charge points in the UK. EVs represent 1.5% of the market share for new cars, with OLEV projecting that to grow to around 7% by 2020.

A tipping point of more EVs being purchased than internal combustion-powered vehicles is targeted for 2027. However, the achievement of this target is unlikely to occur without surmounting key obstacles in the form of infrastructure upgrades, funding, technology, lack of private sector involvement and small market size.


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