||Assess the role of EVs in meeting CO2 reduction targets, analyse the impacts of EVs on electricity grids and the need for supporting infrastructure.
||WWF-UK is committed to safeguarding the natural world and tackling climate change. The UK must cut its transport emissions and reduce its reliance on oil as the primary fuel source for transportation in order to meet emission reduction targets and protect future generations.Building on previous work for WWF Scotland, we undertook a comprehensive literature review to develop a set of scenarios for EV uptake to 2030, and calculated emissions impacts at the national level. We drew on our detailed knowledge of trip statistics from the National Travel Survey (NTS) to calculate expected peak demands on the electricity grid due to simultaneous EV charging. We also analysed NTS data to make strategic recommendations on the most suitable locations for recharging infrastructure and considered the role of EVs in grid balancing in vehicle to grid applications.
||We produced a concise, yet comprehensive report summarising the study’s findings, which included a review of international examples of EV support policies and the business opportunities that increased EV uptake presents. This provided the evidence for WWF-UK to develop their message around EVs, including where efforts should be focussed in terms of short, medium and long term measures for reducing transport CO2 emissions.Emissions trajectories for cars in the UK under different EV uptake scenarios