20th March 2020 | Posted by: Daniel Birkett | Industry News

Research shows that most UK drivers are in favour of a smart charging market for electric vehicles.

Research conducted by UK Power Networks (UKPN) shows that the majority of motorists in the UK would back a smart charging market which would allow them to charge an electric vehicle (EV) outside of peak times, in return for lower energy bills.

UK Power Networks owns, maintains and manages electrical cabling and lines across London and the South East of England, a key area for the implementation of electric vehicles.

The research consisted of a survey of 800 motorists and the results showed that participants are looking for ‘peace of mind’ in terms of transportation.

Ian Cameron, Head of Innovation and Customer Services at UKPN, said: “EVs are coming and we have a key role in making sure our customers can benefit from new technologies. That’s why we’ve been listening to stakeholders involved in the market from energy suppliers to customers to develop new incentives that deliver benefits.”

Trade Association, Energy UK also offered their support to a smart charging system for electric vehicles.

Interim Chief Executive of Energy UK, Audrey Gallacher said: “EVs represent a fantastic opportunity for both consumers and the energy system, as well as a major requirement to reach net-zero, and smart charging will be key to unlocking their full benefits.”

According to recent figures released by the Guardian, UK electric vehicle sales are expected to grow from 80,000 in 2019 to 131,000 this year, or 3.4% of all vehicle sales in 2019, to 5% in 2020.

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