Britain’s increasingly green electricity mix means it is now “inconceivable” that an electric vehicle could be more polluting than a petrol or diesel vehicle, according to new research. The closure of coal plants and rise of subsidised wind and solar power has decarbonised UK electricity generation in the past few years, reducing the emissions involved in charging a car. Estimates of the level of pollution from petrol and diesel cars have increased by a fifth over recent years after the emissions fraud scandal. Emissions from running a battery-powered vehicle are just a quarter of those from a conventional car, according to the study by Imperial College London for Drax, the energy group. Even when the carbon emissions from making the car’s battery are taken into account, the total life cycle emissions of an electric vehicle in the UK are about half those of a petrol or diesel car, it said. The government wants to encourage a shift to electric vehicles to reduce emissions and tackle climate change. Only about 200,000 plug-in electric vehicles are on UK roads at present. Many drivers are put off by purchase costs and worries about charging infrastructure, but critics have also questioned to what extent electric vehicles are greener when manufacturing the batteries is taken into account.
Times 30th Aug 2019 read more »
A new £7.5 million project has been launched to help deliver more electric vehicle charging points across Scotland. The agreement between the public and private sectors will bring together Transport Scotland, SP Energy Networks and Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN). Among the work to be carried out in the project, SSEN will examine the required electricity network infrastructure needed for the north of Scotland – as well as identifying and mapping out charging points to go along the route of the A9. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon highlighted the funding during a visit to the University of Strathclyde’s power networks demonstration centre near Cumbernauld in North Lanarkshire. She said: “This partnership highlights the critical role that electricity networks have to play in delivering a zero carbon energy system and in facilitating an electric vehicle revolution and the provision of clean energy for transport.
Scotsman 29th Aug 2019 read more »