A fleet of 35m electric vehicles could help the UK reach its net-zero carbon target by forming large battery hubs to store renewable energy, according to the country’s energy system operator. National Grid predicts that by 2050 millions of electric cars will use wind and solar power to charge up within minutes to act as battery packs for when the grid needs more energy. The grid operator’s long-range energy forecasts predict that smart charging systems will use algorithms to help cars balance demand and supply on the grid, while making the most of renewable energy and saving customers money. It found that the plug-in car fleet could hold a fifth of the electricity produced by the UK’s solar panels, which it predicts will quadruple over the same period.
Guardian 11th July 2019 read more »
Ford and Volkswagen are expanding their partnership into electric vehicles to include systems for self-driving cars and sharing car platforms. With electric and autonomous vehicles driving the biggest shake-up in the automotive sector in a century, the immense costs of developing these ground-breaking technologies is forcing even the biggest players to form alliances to share the financial strain.
Telegraph 12th July 2019 read more »