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Consultancy urges industries to take action on electric vehicle infrastructure

18 October 2018

The energy, engineering and manufacturing industries must prepare for the rise in electric vehicles (EV), if the UK wants to be a world leader in clean energy.

That’s the call from leading engineering consulting firm Burns & McDonnell, who are leading efforts by planning and designing low-carbon electric infrastructure, including a long-term investment strategy for the West Midlands and the UK. 

The firm is suggesting a range of options for UK energy infrastructure design while offering industry leaders attending the Low Carbon Networks & Innovation Conference (LCNI), the chance to test drive the latest electric technology first hand.

Burns & McDonnell is a supporting sponsor of the LCNI conference which brings together experts from across the energy sector in the UK and US.

Speaking at the conference, Jeff Casey, Burns & McDonnell’s UK business development director, said: “This new and exciting technology presents a fantastic opportunity, but there are plenty of challenges to overcome.

“The clock is ticking and we have 11 years to make prudent investments in the energy infrastructure that will be required to support the enormous potential of EVs.  

“The timing and rate of EV adoption is unknown but we do know we must plan, adapt and modify the infrastructure to support it. ”

Burns & McDonnell is also calling for the industries to showcase new ways of solving longstanding problems, including barriers to funding and the fundamental shift that will be required to begin thinking of energy as a service, government engagement to further develop smart charging infrastructure, vehicle to grid (V2G) charging to offset some of the variability in system demands and long-term mandates and technology standards.

Mr Casey (pictured) added: “The transition to EVs presents an incredible opportunity to change the entire system for the better. 

“The government’s Road to Zero Strategy is a good start but we need to focus on the infrastructure improvements and policy considerations required to make the vision a reality.

“It is essential that original equipment manufacturers, EV manufacturers, transmission and distribution network operators and the system operator are all on board and work together if we are to reach a comprehensive solution and solidify the UK’s rightful place as a leader in the worldwide movement toward clean energy and a sustainable future.”

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