JUICE is the UK’s ‘Community’, designed to be the authoritative voice on all things “EV Infrastructure”.
With the UK suffering from a real lack of knowledge as to ‘What to do next’, JUICE is supported by experts from the UK power, tech and motor industries, with a ‘joint purpose’… Future-Proofing Vehicle Electrification!
So, what is JUICE?
1: A Large Conference, coupled with a networking lunch featuring LIVE demonstrations of technology, etc.
2: A Website with a knowledgeable community, interacting and helping to shape the future-proofing of UK electrification
JUICE is the ‘go-to place’ on all things Infrastructure!
The Demand.....and its Impact...
There has been much debate about the impact of electrification of transport with estimates of the United Kingdom needing the equivalent of ten new nuclear power plants to meet demand.
Thus far, the energy network has more or less coped, subject to some remedial work and upgrading. However, it is recognised that investment in power networks is required to meet the forecast demand for electric vehicles.
Infrastructure has largely been deployed using guesswork about journey profiles, without fully understanding current and future demand, commercial opportunities and interdependencies. Often, infrastructure has been installed where it will most easily fit and can most easily be connected at the lowest cost, rather than where it is of most strategic use.
Following the establishment of Plugged in Places, the UK Government’s approach to kick start the installation of a public charging network, a number of regional projects installed the initial tranche of charge points.
Infrastructure...to the POWER of Six!
Further operators have joined the market but there is little consistency about how and where charge points are put or how they are operated.
It is estimated that the UK needs a six-fold increase in the number of electric vehicle charging points by 2020, to provide adequate infrastructure for green motorists. As things stand… that is clearly not going to happen.
It is also estimated there will be more than one million EVs on UK roads within five years, requiring 100,000 charging points. Currently there are just 19,936 charging outlets according to *Zap-Map.
Currently only 3 per cent of supermarkets have a charging point. Asda has the best coverage, with chargers at 19 per cent of its stores, while Tesco has the worst, with chargers at just 0.4 per cent. Rapid chargers, which can fill 85 per cent of an EV’s battery in half an hour, are even more scarce. Lidl has the highest number of rapid chargers at just 11.
Across the UK there are only 1,500 rapid chargers, with space to charge 3,400 vehicles. By comparison there are 9,000 petrol stations, each with multiple pumps which can fill a tank in minutes.
A charging network is “critical” to the expansion of EVs because the majority have a maximum range of between 100 and 250 miles… We need to prepare.
*Zap-Map is the UK’s No.1 charging point platform with over 80,000 cross-platform visitors each month.
Preparation...For the Next Generation
The government has committed £440m to delivering charging infrastructure and has also mandated twenty-two local authorities to develop plans for tackling poor air quality and to look at enforcing Clean Air Zones.
The Plug-In Car Grant, a subsidy for ULEV purchases, has coincided with a surge in ULEV registrations, from less than 2,000 in the first quarter of 2014, to more than 11,000 ‘grant-qualifying purchases’ in the first quarter of 2018.
Plummeting diesel sales are a potential driver of further rapid expansion of the EV market. New diesel sales crashed 20 per cent in the final six months of 2018, as the cars have been linked to high levels of air pollution and many users have been left confused about future taxes and regulations on the cars.
The existing fleet of diesel cars in the UK will need to be replaced by a green alternative. Electric is seen as the next-generation technology… But the UK needs to prepare itself!