UK power grid to go smart to cope with electric cars

prototype-uk-electric-car-chargingUnder new proposals from the UK energy regulator, Ofgem, the country’s electricity grid will be reformed to enable ‘flexible charging’ for electric cars.

The proposed system, in which car batteries would only be charged when electricity demand is low or renewable generation is high, could enable at least 60% more electric cars to hit the roads without requiring any new power generation infrastructure.

Cheaper tariffs are already available to people in the 11 million homes in the UK with electronic smart meters installed, but most domestic uses of power are not as simple to defer or delay as electric car charging.

Such innovative solutions will be required worldwide to manage electricity demand as petrol and diesel vehicles are phased out over the next 25 years.

Read more: FT ($) / Guardian / BBC

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This story is taken from the 27 July 2018 edition of The Warren Centre’s Prototype newsletter. Sign up for the Prototype here.