How the grid and your organisation can cope with the surge in EVs

Decarbonising transport will require a huge rise in the number of electric vehicles (EVs) on the way. But will the grid be able to cope with charging all those EVs – and is there anything you can do as an organisation to prepare?

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The grid is designed to cope

The Government, the regulator Ofgem and electricity generators have known for a long time that the need for power would increase enormously as more and more EVs come onto the road. Transport currently accounts for more than a quarter of all the UK’s emissions, so decarbonising it will play a key role in our journey to net zero.

It’s been estimated that each EV will use upwards of 2,000 kWh of electricity a year. Even if all the cars in the UK switched to EVs in a single year, that would only require 69.1 TWh – 20.7% of the electricity supplied in the UK in 2021.

But many have been wondering whether the electricity grid can cope with the increased need for power to charge all those new EVs. The Climate Change Committee (CCC) estimates that by 2050 EVs will be responsible for between 15 and 20% of total demand for electricity.

Find out what this could mean for your organisation

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