The Engineer: Driving towards energy dilemma
We’re delighted to see our Chairman Peter Rolton recently featured in The Engineer following the Chancellor’s budget announcement earlier this month, in a viewpoint piece exploring the rising popularity of electric vehicles and just how widespread the challenges associated with them are.
With electric vehicles making big waves across the globe and Chancellor Philip Hammond backing this automotive evolution by announcing that £270m will go towards helping the UK lead the world ‘in the development, design and manufacture of batteries that will power the next generation of electric vehicles, helping to tackle air pollution’, there’s no doubt that it’s only a matter of time before electric vehicles become a great deal more common on UK roads.
The passenger vehicle fleet in the UK accounts for 69% of all vehicles on UK roads and by 2050, it’s predicted that this market will be saturated with electric vehicles – a huge impact with big implications for our ageing National Grid. The energy demands once catered for by burning a truly enormous quantity of petrol and diesel will instead be taken as electricity from the grid; a colossal change in capacity and load profile demands.
In this article, Peter discusses the vast scale of this technological advancement and how the increasing popularity of electric vehicles in the UK will affect not only the automotive industry, but a wide variety of businesses across all industry sectors.
To find out more read Peter’s full article in The Engineer Driving towards an energy dilemma: the inexorable rise of EVs.