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Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 94321, tabled on 23 September 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential increase in electricity demand in order to charge electric cars by 2025.

Answered on

1 October 2020

There are a number of important factors that will affect the way in which electric vehicle charging demand could impact the electricity system. BEIS officials engage with National Grid over their production of the annual Future Energy Scenarios (FES), which looks ahead to show what the future of energy in Great Britain might look like. The latest FES shows that, under all scenarios by 2025, there will be sufficient generation to meet peak demand. It also shows benefits provided by smart charging of electric vehicles, for example during periods when electricity demand is low or where there is plentiful renewable electricity generation, which can reduce peak demand and overall system costs, as well as benefitting consumers.