An increase in electric vehicle (EV) uptake may lead to widespread power cuts unless the UK develops new infrastructure, warns innovation service provider Zühlke.
The UK’s current electricity grid was primarily set up to deliver electricity to industrial centres in the 1950s.
However, with the UK set to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles in 2030, there are increasing concerns that without huge and well-targeted investment, Britain in the 2030s will have regular brownouts due to increased demand for electricity at peak times.
In a bid to resolve this issue, Zühlke has developed a new app that will provide green investors with data, models and insights that previously have been hard for outsiders to the UK electricity sector to acquire.
The new app will save potential investors months of effort in finding data and will help them to decide the best locations to install EV charging infrastructure.
Dan Klein, director of the solutions centre for Zühlke UK said: ‘The demand for electricity across the UK will quickly go through the roof through with the impending arrival of millions of electric cars, but the infrastructure is just not there to deal with their owners simultaneously charging-up at home and out-and-about around the country.
‘2030 is only 9 years away, which in infrastructure terms is just around the corner. Britain will not be ready and will endure rolling brownouts from the huge and dispersed demand from electric cars without the arrival of fresh outside investment, innovators and disrupters.
‘This app, which will start with the Highlands of Scotland and move on to cover the rest of the UK in future stages, is squarely aimed at helping potential investors quickly identify the specific location where investment is needed, whether for Green generation, charging points, battery storage and other new infrastructure.
‘Currently, this information is hard for people outside the large power suppliers to acquire. This App brings it all together and also models it, providing a thorough basis for initial analysis and subsequent detailed research by new entrants to the UK electricity market.’
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