Electric vehicle (EV) owners are three times more likely to say they’re on a time of use tariff than those without an EV, according to new research from Ofgem. EV owners are “more open” to embracing changes in how they use their energy, the regulator found, with 60% of EV owners also saying they would consider smart charging their vehicle to avoid times when electricity is most expensive. However, while 24% of consumers are planning to buy and EV or a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) in the next five years, 38% said they are unlikely to get an EV in this time space. This is largely due to perceived barriers such as the price being too high (59%), a short battery life and/or short range (38%) and concerns over having nowhere to charge their EV close to home (36%).
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Britain needs to embrace significantly increased mining on UK soil for raw materials vital to new low-carbon technologies as a trade-off for a green future, according experts at the Natural History Museum. Metals such as lithium and cobalt, which are key to components such as high-efficiency batteries for electric vehicles, need to be sourced from mines in Britain and Europe until at least 2030 to achieve a “circular economy” whereby recycled materials would be sufficiently plentiful to meet a substantial proportion of demand for new vehicles and other technologies.
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Up to 25,000 electric vehicle drivers will be offered financial incentives to charge at off-peak times under plans to reduce the need for power grid upgrades. UK Power Networks, which operates electricity distribution lines across London, the southeast and the east of England, is preparing for an influx of up to 4.5 million electric vehicles charging on its network by the end of the decade, up from about 150,000 at the moment. Sotiris Georgiopoulos, its head of smart grid development, said that people tended to put their cars on charge from about 5.30pm until around 9pm. The company needed to ensure that this did not result in demand overwhelming the network, he said. “The network may need some additional capacity,” Georgiopoulos said. “Our traditional solution would be to say, ‘OK, let’s upgrade the local infrastructure’.” Instead, UK Power Networks hopes to get consumers to use power at different times. It has awarded £30 million of contracts to 17 companies that can help it by providing extra power or by working with households to reduce demand when needed. It said that two thirds of the contracts by capacity had gone to companies that would encourage electric vehicle drivers to be flexible about when they charge. It expects the companies to recruit up to 25,000 drivers by next year. From then, drivers typically will be offered cheaper electricity to charge at off-peak times and will be encouraged to use smart chargers that can avoid drawing power at peak times.
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