MORE and more people are switching to electric vehicles, with 35 million predicted to be on UK roads by 2050, according to the National Grid’s latest Future Energy Scenarios. There are multiple reasons for their popularity – they’re good for the environment, reduce air pollution and can save you money in the long term. And if you are a car owner, you might find yourself behind the wheel of an EV much sooner than you think. With concern rising over the health impact of air pollution from transport – the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions – the Scottish Government has a bold ambition to phase out the need for new petrol and diesel cars and vans in just 12 years’ time. Whether you’re buying an EV for money saving reasons or out of concern for the environment, or both, one crucial piece of tech you’ll need to go alongside it is a smart meter. Fitted by your energy supplier at no extra cost, they are the next generation of energy meters, but they are also so much more than that. Those buying an electric vehicle might assume that their carbon footprint has been dramatically reduced by their new purchase. It’s certainly an excellent start, but the electricity still has to come from somewhere, and the charging choices that consumers make will affect the environmental impact of their vehicles. This is where smart meters and smart chargers come in.
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