Electric vehicles on the road

This week we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Climate Change Act, which legally binds the UK to cut emissions for all six Kyoto greenhouse gases. The target aims to cut UK emissions by 80% by the year 2050 in relation to the 1990 baseline.

Renewable generation offers radical reductions in carbon emissions and is an ideal companion to power electric vehicles as the ‘new normal’ for delivering personal and commercial transport needs and novel customer engagement services.

Whilst the UK could literally drive on sunshine, the road to zero emission is slow, congested and blocked with over 95% of vehicle sales continue to be fossil fuel.

There has been substantial government investment to incentivise the purchase of electric vehicles, plus the deployment of charging infrastructure and innovation into new services and products. However, the market remains slow to embrace the electrification of road travel as a generic, clean transport solution with unlimited security of energy supply. Energy supply from renewables combined with large scale energy storage embedded into an electrified vehicle parc would herald a major step change in a clean energy and transport system.

Driving on sunshine, the UK could deliver billions of vehicle miles travelled in the UK every year at affordable cost and contribute to cleaner air and a more sustainable future.

This poses the question, that we asked at our second EV workshop:

What can be done to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles and is the UK at risk to miss out on a global market opportunity?

Whilst the emerging global trends present immense opportunities for new business and economic prosperity, the interplay between stakeholders and the overlap of major industries has created an increasingly complex market that lacks clarity and direction to meet the UK’s obligations, as well as breaking the ice for new business development opportunities.

Following two successful workshops with a wide range of stakeholders, Gemserv is planning its 3rd stakeholder engagement workshop for the development of an industry-led governance framework for electric vehicles to make the emerging markets work at large scale for business and consumers.

The 3rd workshop, planned for the afternoon of 27 November 2018 will focus on discussing the key question to be asked as part of an industry wide consultations. These will provide the insights for the development of an agile and industry led governance framework that Gemserv is developing. It is our aim to provide market guidance and best practise for a complex stakeholder map and facilitate a more rapid development of new markets critical to the UK economy.

Will you join us to build a cleaner future transport and energy system?

For more information and to get involved please email:


Article Author.

Joachim Brandt

Head of Electric and Autonomous Vehicles
With over 25 years of research and industry experience in telecom and energy, Joachim joined Gemserv leading on Smart Energy... Read More From Joachim Brandt

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