SMMT have called on government to commit to long-term incentives for electric vehicle purchases and more investment in the UK’s charging infrastructure.
Randolph Brazier, Head of Innovation at Energy Networks Association which represents the UK and Ireland’s energy networks businesses, said:
“We agree with SMMT that incentives would help to increase the amount of electric vehicles on the road as would getting charging infrastructure ready sooner. Making sure that rapid charging infrastructure is visibly deployed right across the UK will be critical to the smooth roll-out of electric vehicles and boosting consumer confidence. To make this happen we need government and the regulator to pull down existing barriers and put the right frameworks in place and help to unlock investment.”
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About Energy Networks Association
Energy Networks Association (ENA) is the industry body representing the companies which operate the electricity wires, gas pipes and energy system in the UK and Ireland.
ENA helps its members meet the challenge of delivering electricity and gas to communities across the UK and Ireland safely, sustainably and reliably.
Its members include every major electricity and gas network operator in the UK and Ireland, independent operators, National Grid ESO which operates the electricity system in Great Britain and National Grid Gas which operates the gas system in Great Britain. Its affiliate membership also includes companies with an interest in energy, including Heathrow Airport and Network Rail.
What are energy network operators?
Energy network operators manage and maintain the wires, pipes and other infrastructure which delivers electricity and gas to your home, business and community. They are private companies which are regulated by Ofgem and employ around 45,000 people in the UK and Ireland. They are represented by their industry body, Energy Networks Association (that's us).
Energy supplier or network operator? Energy network operators are entirely separate to your energy supplier, which is the company that bills you for using electricity and gas. Energy suppliers and generators are represented by Energy UK.