North West heading for a million electric cars and vans by 2030

Electricity North West, the region’s electricity network operator, is preparing the network for up to a million electric vehicles on the road by the end of the decade, with businesses leading the uptake.

The predictions are part of a detailed forecast Electricity North West has produced to outline how energy use is set to be transformed over the next 30 years.

Even in the slowest scenario predicted, in which the North West doesn’t accelerate its shift away from fossil fuels and falls behind on its progress towards its net zero targets, more than half a million electric vehicles are predicted by 2030. The network operator is planning to support more than three million electric cars and vans by 2050.

‘Visible shift’

Steve Cox, engineering and technical director at Electricity North West, said: “The sale of new petrol and diesel cars is set to be banned by 2030 and for new plug in hybrids by 2035 in the UK as part of the country’s bid to hit net zero carbon by 2050.

“Here in the North West, that will mean a revolution in how we get around the region, with up to a million electric vehicles on our roads by the end of the decade.

“But while that may be the most visible shift in the way we use energy, we think it will be just one of a number of huge transitions that we will make not just over the long term, but in the next nine years.”

Business uptake

Electricity North West’s predictions have been followed by the news that the UK has now overtaken France as Europe’s second largest electric car market, behind Germany.

According to the Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), businesses are leading the way in the uptake of electric vehicles. Battery electric cars made up 8.7 per cent of car registrations by companies in 2020, compared to just 4.6 per cent by consumers.

 

 

Posted under General Interest and Environmental Technologies and Renewable Energy on 28 April 2021