Electric Vehicles

We’re seeing an enormous rise in the number of electric vehicles in our network areas. We’re working tirelessly to make sure the network is ready so our 20 million customers can charge when they want, at an affordable cost.

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Driving towards Net Zero

Transport is one of the largest contributors to the climate crisis, accounting for 28% of all emissions. As of early 2021 there were more than 100,000 electric vehicles on our networks. Our forecasts suggest 4.5m EVs could be on streets in London, the South and East of England by 2030.

We’ve been involved right from the start. Companies that were once start-ups working with us in small-scale trials are now established nationwide charge point operators. New vehicle manufacturers are creating new types of technologies for consumers. Even big oil companies are getting involved in the EV charging industry. The 2020s are fast becoming the age of the electric vehicle.

We’re innovating to meet the technical challenge of new EVs. Just one single 50kW ‘rapid charger’ can have the same network impact as a block of 25 new flats. The more electric vehicles are sold, and the more chargers installed, the more we need to innovate and create smart solutions to unlock capacity.

Our Role

Forecast

We’re using data forecasting to understand how electric vehicles uptake might grow, allowing us to plan efficiently for the future.

Monitor

Our forecasting informs our monitoring efforts. We deploy monitoring to give us more visibility on how our network is responding to new EVs.

Deploy Smart

Forecasting and monitoring informs where we research, test and deploy our toolbox of smart solutions, allowing us to unlock the next level of performance.

Invest Strategically

We’re investing in network upgrades to expand capacity. This makes sure our customers can charge when they want at an affordable cost.

Electric vehicles accelerating

See our animation below which shows the scale of change we’re expecting with EVs. You can find all of our granular uptakes scenarios in our Distribution Future Energy Scenarios 2021. Learn more by heading to the the interactive data visualisation page, built in partnership with the Open Data Institute Leeds.

Electric vehicle uptake

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