30 Jun 11

EDF Energy response to the Office for Low Emission Vehicles Strategy Paper

EDF Energy, Britain’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, welcomes today’s strategy document announced by OLEV. EDF Energy is playing a leading role in the development of electric vehicle technology through investing in home, workplace and public EV charging infrastructure and consulting widely with motor manufacturers, charge point manufacturers and central and local government.

EDF Energy has participated in business and residential Technology Strategy Board trials with Toyota and Mercedes-Benz, developing a wealth of knowledge in the field of electric vehicles. EDF Energy welcomes the move towards intelligent [mode 3] charging as it will ensure additional safety protection when recharging a plug in vehicle. Our EcoRecharge recharging package for residential customers, includes an intelligent, mode 3, charge point as standard. EDF Energy supports standardisation of charging connectors and is liaising closely with stakeholders to help deliver this.

EDF Energy agrees with OLEV that home and workplace recharging will form the basis of the UKs recharging infrastructure, however on-street recharging will be symbolically important for the development of the electric vehicle market. To date approximately 100 public Electric Vehicle charging posts have been installed across the UK with EDF Energy’s support.

We firmly believe that the take-up of clean electric transport is crucial to Britain meeting its carbon reduction targets. When combined with low carbon electricity, the growing number of electric vehicles has the potential to cut the country’s transport emissions on a large scale. Cross industry collaboration is crucial to the uptake of electric vehicles, demonstrated by our Group-wide relationship with Toyota since 2007 and our recently announced commercial partnership with Peugeot UK and Citroen UK.

The partnership between EDF Energy, Peugeot UK and Citroën UK will create a one-stop-shop for customers, ensuring best in class motoring technology and safe and convenient recharging solutions. Both Peugeot iOn and Citroen C-Zero car buyers are being offered a fully bundled recharging package for £799 from EDF Energy, making it one of the cheapest on the market. To help manage power demand, the package also includes a timer to enable easy off peak recharging and a smart meter. In addition, EDF Energy’s low carbon charge point package means households can save money by receiving 20% cheaper electricity during evenings and weekends with its Eco 20:20 tariff.

Notes to editors

Link to the Department for Transport press notice: http://www.dft.gov.uk/publications/plug-in-vehicle-infrastructure-strategy

EDF Energy and electric vehicles

EDF Energy, the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricty, is currently undertaking extensive research into electric vehicles, which demonstrates that electric cars are already cutting carbon emissions – and can do so on a far greater scale in future.

We believe that with investment in low-carbon electricity to de-carbonise the grid, such vehicles could achieve an 80 per cent reduction compared with petrol models by 2030. Such reduced levels of emissions are already being achieved in France, which sources the majority of its energy from low carbon nuclear and hydro-power. Ofgem estimates that over the next decade about £200 billion of investment is required in energy, and it is essential that as much as possible of this is in low carbon generation.

Clean electricity is important in itself, but also because it can decarbonise other activities, including transport and heating.