10 Oct 18

EDF sets out ambitions for the electric vehicle market in the UK

EDF Energy is today outlining its plans to play a significant role in the UK’s transition to low-carbon electric transport. The commitment comes as Jean-Bernard Lévy, Chairman and CEO of EDF, launched EDF Group’s Electric Vehicle (EV) Plan, which details its aim to be the leading energy company within e-mobility by 2022 across its four largest European markets: France, United Kingdom, Italy and Belgium.

EDF Group’s announcement follows the launch of the Solar Plan in December 2017 and the Storage Plan in March 2018, which outline EDF’s strategy for society’s transition to a low carbon future. The full details can be read here.

The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change* made clear this week the urgent need to act. With the transport sector the main contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Europe, low-carbon electricity will be critical for future clean transport.

As the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain and the largest supplier to British business, EDF Energy already has almost 20 years’ experience in the UK EV market, having installed the first charging points into London in 1999 and powering the EV charging network across Olympic sites for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.

Over the coming years, EDF Energy will build on its already wide-ranging capabilities and partnerships to support the Group’s ambitions. This includes:

  • a commitment to convert its whole fleet to electric vehicles by 2030; the process has already started in the UK with some initial vehicles and charge points in place at its key generation and customer sites in Barnwood and Hove.
  • to build strategic partnerships, like the one with Nissan Europe announced today, to work together on a number of projects that will support the adoption of electric vehicles, energy generation and storage solutions.
  • continued investment in the trialling and adoption of smart charging, with a number of vehicle to grid trials already in process.
  • to develop its offers for business and residential customers to ensure it has the best tariffs to support the move to electric vehicles.

Commenting on the plan, Béatrice Bigois, Managing Director of Customers at EDF Energy said:

“It is time to be more ambitious about low carbon transport if we are to reduce our carbon emissions. As an industry we have a huge opportunity, and responsibility, to make electric vehicles an easy and obvious choice for all our customers.  This is why we will be investing in the best technology and products, creating the right mix of charging technology and incentives, and helping customers and businesses realise the benefits of EV as soon as possible.

“We will be playing our part too. EDF Group was the first French company to join the EV100, making a public commitment to convert its entire global fleet to electric vehicles by 2030, and we are already progressing our plans to support this with the EDF Energy fleet in the UK.”

Smart charging and Vehicle to Grid (V2G):

  • EDF Energy is involved in a number V2G trials.  EDF Energy R&D is the project manager for V2GO, a large scale demonstration of V2G charging in Oxford; a consortium comprising eight partners, from industry and research institutions, with expertise in energy markets and systems, fleet operations and electric mobility. The consortium is working with fleets from numerous organisations, including Royal Mail.
  • In addition, EDF Energy is part of a further V2G consortium led by Upside Energy; V2Street. This consortium also partners with Ubitricity, a tech start-up focusing on mobile charging solutions, in which EDF is an investor.

Customer offers:

  • EDF Energy wants to be the go to destination for businesses looking to electrify their vehicles. We are trialling a one stop shop for all their EV needs, offering the following:
  1. Consultancy –  vehicle and charging infrastructure consultancy.
  2. Vehicles – partnership with Arval who offer a comprehensive range of electric vehicles and expert guidance on electrifying fleets.
  3. Charging Infrastructure – our partners ChargePoint Services & Phoenix Works supply and install the latest in electric vehicle charge points.
  4. Energy Supply – we work with all size business customers to create the perfect billing solution to fit their requirements.
  5. EV charging management system – a back office system for managing and operating electric vehicle charging infrastructure, including employee EV charging.
  • Residential offers are in development and will be available in early 2019. 

*The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s special report on global warming 

Notes to Editors:

What is V2G?

Vehicle to grid chargers allows a two-way flow of electricity between the car and the charger. This enables cars to deposit unused electricity back onto the charger, and subsequently return it back to the grid but they also opens up the potential for electric vehicles to become portable energy storage.

For more information

Megan Johnson
External Communications Manager – Customers

About EDF

EDF is helping Britain achieve Net Zero by leading the transition to a cleaner, low emission electric future and tackling climate change. We're Britain’s biggest generator of zero-carbon electricity(1), meeting around one-fifth of the country’s demand and supplying millions of customers with electricity and gas.

With around 5 million accounts, EDF is one of the largest suppliers to British homes and businesses and a leading supplier of innovative energy solutions that are helping businesses become more energy independent. All of our home customers get energy tariffs backed by zero-carbon electricity as standard.

We generate low carbon electricity from eight nuclear power stations, more than thirty onshore wind farms and two offshore wind farms, and operate one of Britain’s biggest battery storage units, one gas and one coal power station, thousands of EV charge-points, and combined heat and power plants. Wind, nuclear and solar all produce electricity that is zero carbon at the point of generation and have similar emissions over the build, run and retire lifecycles.

EDF is leading the UK's nuclear renaissance with the construction of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C, and is leading the development of plans for a replica at Sizewell C in Suffolk. Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C will provide low carbon electricity to meet 14% of UK demand and power around 12 million homes. 

EDF is one of the UK’s largest investors in renewables, with 1GW of renewable generation in operation and over 4GW in construction, planning and development across a range of technologies including onshore and offshore wind, solar and battery storage. We are constructing our largest offshore wind farm in Britain – the 450 MW Neart na Gaoithe project in Scotland which will be ready in 2023.

Our energy services business, Imtech, is one of the largest technical service providers in the UK and Ireland.

EDF is part of EDF Group, the world’s biggest electricity generator. In the UK we employ around 13,000 people.