Grid Constraints and the Future of Electric Vehicles

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered at on 16 November 2022.

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Photo of Elly Baker Elly Baker Labour

Following media reports that electricity shortages in West London could block the development of new homes, what work has been carried out by Transport for London with energy distributors to identify parts of the grid which need upgrades to be able to provide the energy required for the expected uptake in electric vehicles in the coming years?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

I am concerned by issues relating to the availability of electricity capacity in West London, which are summarised in this document. My Infrastructure Coordination Service is working with the electricity networks and operators responsible, to explore potential solutions to this issue, which could impact all types of development including electric vehicle charging points. My officers have submitted details of potentially affected electric vehicle charging projects to SSEN for detailed analysis.

My ‘London’s 2030 Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy’ (published in December 2021) sets out a commitment to support the electric vehicle industry by working with energy distributors to identify localised grid constraints so that distribution network operators can get government support to fund grid upgrades, particularly for rapid charging hub sites.

My Infrastructure Coordination Service is also leading delivery of subregional Local Area Energy Plans (LAEPs), beginning in West London in collaboration with the West London Alliance. LAEPs bring together energy networks, boroughs, and other stakeholders to develop strategies for decarbonisation and new growth that reflect the local energy systems and context. This will support effective deployment of electric vehicle infrastructure in west London, and I expect to expand the approach more widely to other parts of London.