EV’s must grow by 11,000% for net zero UK: There must be an increase of 11,000% in electric vehicle ownership if UK is to reach net zero.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) have undertaken research with sustainable energy experts Regen, which forecasts electric vehicle ownership will increase to five million from 44,000 in the south of England and north of Scotland.

Most gas boilers will have to be replaced by heat pumps, of which there are around 16,600 in SSEN’s regions. In a net zero scenario, the local electricity network will need to support nearly two and a half million by 2050 reveals the data, for the UK to reach a net zero scenario.

EV Readiness Manager for SSEN, Richard Hartshorn said: “We already knew that the uptake of low carbon technologies is likely to leap and could pose major challenges for the resilience of our network.

“This research gives us a granular, year-by-year breakdown of when and where we should be ready to support the emergence of new technologies which will allow us to invest strategically and keep costs as low as possible for customers.”

EV’s must grow by 11,000% for net zero UK

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