Renewable Energy Association's Electric Vehicle Group has taken up a new challenge of EV charging infrastructure.

The first meeting of the REA’s Electric Vehicle Group on 30 June in London attracted over 70 individuals from leading EV manufacturing, grid management, and charging infrastructure companies.

This inaugural meeting is was open to REA members and non-members alike. Rather than focus on attempting to develop the UK’s automotive manufacturing capacity, a role already taken by other trade groups, the work of the REA’s EV group will focus on developing intelligent charge point infrastructure, building links with the energy storage industry, and driving forward innovations produced by the on-going electrification of transport such as Vehicle to Grid technology.

The first meeting featured a presentation by Natasha Robinson, Head of the Office of Low Emission Vehicles, in addition to senior representatives of Nissan and National Grid.

The formation of the EV Group builds on REA expertise in renewable energy, energy storage, and energy markets.

Matthew Trevaskis, Head of Electric Vehicles at the Renewable Energy Association said:

“Electric vehicle technology is rapidly improving and their uptake will significantly reduce urban air pollution. As their running costs are low and upfront costs are falling they can already have a lower cost of ownership over their lifetime.

“Critically now the race is on to develop a well thought out, efficient network of rapid charge points and an intelligently controlled system of home and workplace charging. The REA’s role is to coordinate industry voices and help the Government plan for the future”.

Transport Minister Jesse Norman MP said:

"We are already making headway towards requiring that almost all cars and vans emit zero emissions by 2050, and we have invested more than £2 billion since 2011 to encourage greener transport initiatives.

“The number of ultra-low emission vehicles on our roads is now at record levels, and we continue to invest in infrastructure for electric car charging and other clean vehicles.

“It is great to see the renewable energy sector engaging on this issue, and setting up a group to look at the issues and opportunities ahead for electric cars.”