30 June 2011

ETI Response to Government EV Strategy

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) welcomes the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) publication of their Plug-in Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy ('Making the Connection') today, which the ETI's substantial investments have helped to inform.

John Batterbee, the ETI Transport Programme Manager, said: 

The Government's publication of this strategy marks the first key step on the road to achieving the right commercial environment for long-term investment in the required energy infrastructure for plug-in vehicles. We look forward to continuing to work with OLEV over the next eighteen months as the strategy is updated for early 2013.

Our investments have shown that increasing the perceived availability of recharging infrastructure has a significant positive effect on consumer attitudes, substantially increasing the price people are willing to pay for plug-in vehicles. However, our investments have also shown that the business case for major commercial investment in recharging infrastructure is extremely challenging. Ambitious and sustained leadership from Government, and coordinated investments from the automotive and energy industries, will be critical if mass-market success is to be achieved.

The ETI is a partnership between industry and government tasked with developing mass scale technologies that will help the UK meet its 2020 and 2050 energy targets.

The ETI is investing in a substantial programme of research to determine the business case for the mass-market deployment of plug-in vehicles in the UK and the required energy infrastructure.

The first three ETI projects, due for completion over the summer months ahead, are being delivered by world-class consortia including industry, academic and consultancy expertise.

Detailed projections of future vehicle performance (such as electric range and efficiency) and costs to 2050 have been developed for the full range of future power-train options. Consumer attitudes and behaviours have been analysed through real-world trials and extensive surveys with ‘mass-market’ consumers. The requirements and costs for the supporting recharging infrastructure and its integration into the UK electricity system have been identified. Lastly, opportunities for market transition have been evaluated through in depth analysis of the economics and carbon benefits.

Since it was formed in 2008 the ETI has invested £66m in projects in offshore wind, marine, transport, CCS, energy storage and distribution, distributed energy and buildings. Another £120 million will be invested in projects in these areas in the year ahead.  The ETI is addressing key risk areas, accelerating technologies essential for bringing down costs and tackling new projects on a huge scale.

The ETI is a public private partnership made up of six of the largest global industries BP, Caterpillar, EDF Energy, E.ON, Rolls-Royce and Shell and the UK Government.

For further information please contact

ETI PR Manager Richard Robinson on 01509 202026/07500 049626 or email

Notes to Editors

The ETI has helped inform this Government strategy, but the resulting document is owned by OLEV and does not necessarily reflect the views of the ETI.

The strategy is available by clicking to

The Energy Technologies Institute is a UK based company formed from global industries and the UK Government. The ETI brings together projects and partnerships that create affordable, reliable, clean energy for heat, power, transport and associated infrastructure. For more information, please go to

The ETI’s six private sector members are BP, Caterpillar, EDF Energy, E.ON, Rolls-Royce and Shell. The UK Government has committed to match support from four further Members.  The ETI’s public funds are received from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills through the Technology Strategy Board and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). These organisations, together with the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), are engaged directly in the ETI’s strategy and programme development.

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