Feb 6, 2020
The Government’s increasing support for the rapid growth of electric vehicles

Support for electrification. That is the clear message from MP George Freeman, who is working in the newly created post of Minister for the Future of Transport. The role has been created to help the Department for Transport adjust to the challenges of rapid electrification adoption.

The announcement arrives with the launch of a new Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce, which brings together electricity suppliers, vehicle manufacturers, investors, tech companies and central and local government.

Three key priorities emerged from the Taskforce:

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There is an urgent need to develop standards and codes of practice to enable data sharing within the EV and electricity system sectors

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Effective local and national planning and coordination is needed to balance between future proofing and asset stranding

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Smart charging is critical to providing a resilient network and to reducing the cost of switching to EVs

All of this demonstrates the need for a joint effort across the industry, including from established manufacturers and suppliers through to innovative start-ups and revolutionary tech companies.

Tevva’s ambition is to power the electric revolution of the medium duty commercial vehicle sector, primarily as a technology supplier to OEMs.

This is not just a proposed future solution for the commercial vehicle sector either; this is a technology already being applied. Tevva has implemented its technology into three OEM platforms and has eTrucks in service right now.

With businesses like Tevva readily supplying electric commercial vehicles and the Government reiterating its commitment to support the demands of switching to electrification, the remaining piece of the puzzle is the customer.

Now is the time for commercial fleets to consider electric vehicles, both in terms of choosing to replace conventional diesels and in terms of preparing infrastructure to support the change.

Decisions made by fleets now will determine whether or not they are caught out by legislation and if they are able remain competitive in the future by improving cost efficiencies.

“Electrification of commercial vehicles is no longer something for business and government to consider implementing in the future, it’s something for them to implement now. This week’s announcement that the deadline for all non-zero emissions vehicles has been brought forward to 2035 makes this an even more crucial decision for businesses.

“The announcement by the Minister for the Future of Transport acknowledges this fact and it’s reassuring that the Government is genuinely taking steps to support the most significant transformation the industry has ever experienced. The Government’s creation of this new cross-departmental role demonstrates their recognition of the need to increase the rate of decarbonisation and companies are increasingly being provided with the tools they need to make the change to electric vehicles.

“It’s not just about preparing for future legislation, it’s about taking advantage of the benefits electric vehicles offer, from reducing running costs and optimising connectivity to fundamentally addressing the climate problem.”

Richard Lidstone-Scott

Commercial Director, Tevva Motors Ltd

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