More than 200,000 electric vehicles could be on the roads of Northumberland by 2050 forecast

New data that maps local and regional pathways to net zero are revealing new forecasts about electric vehicle (EV) uptake – including that there could be up to 202,000 EVs on the streets of Northumberland by 2050.

Tuesday, 1st June 2021, 11:22 am
Electric vehicles being charged. Picture by John Devlin.

Northern Powergrid the company responsible for the electricity distribution network that powers the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, is sharing data to raise awareness about the latest forecasts for low carbon technology uptake and encouraging anyone with low carbon plans in Northumberland to say if they think its forecasts are accurate based on their own knowledge.

The data is part of the network operator’s annual Distribution Future Energy Scenarios (DFES).

It is shaped by the feedback of local stakeholders and Northern Powergrid is now calling upon local authorities, low carbon technology experts, industry leaders and housing and construction developers to review the data behind DFES and share any initiatives or projects that could impact the underlying assumptions.

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Focusing on the uptake of key low carbon technologies like EVs and heat pumps, and renewable energy generation such as rooftop solar PV and onshore wind, the DFES uses this local data to map out the regional energy supply and demand over the next 30 years.

Jim Cardwell, Northern Powergrid’s head of policy development, said: “The value of this data cannot be underestimated.

“As a regional enabler of decarbonisation, we need to know when and where to expect rapid uptake of low carbon technology and renewable energy to plan our network accordingly.

“Millions of homes and businesses over the next decade will be decarbonising and green policies like the petrol and diesel vehicle ban and heat pump roll-out will accelerate this process.

“We need to make sure that the network is ready to facilitate a smooth transition to net zero for the people we serve and accurate DFES data will be a key planning tool. This is why we are asking anyone with low carbon plans to come forward and share this information.

“By ensuring that our data and forecasts are informed by our stakeholders, we can help better plan your pathway to net zero.”