On Wednesday 13 March 2019, a Report by the Economy, Infrsatructure and Skills Committee was laid to the Welsh Assembly on Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure.
The report considers the infrastructure needed in Wales to encourage the use of electric vehicles, and some of the actions the Welsh Government could be taking now to make the most of the opportunities that a shift to electric transport could bring.
The Committee has taken the unusual step of publishing this draft report with emerging conclusions ahead of its scrutiny session with the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport in order to widen the debate on this issue. They are encouraging interested parties to respond to their discussion points by Friday 29 March 2019.
As part of the discussion points, the Report specifically focuses on the capabilities of the Grid in Wales and received testimony from the National Grid and District Network Operators. As part of their Emerging Conclusion 8, they noted:
The Welsh Government must work closely with the National Grid and District Network Operators to ensure the grid can be developed to accommodate its aspirations for EV charging in Wales.
In addition to their Emerging Conclusion 8, they have the following discussion points:
Would it be sufficient for Welsh Government to develop its vision and strategy, and allow National Grid and District Network Operators to ensure the grid can be developed to accommodate its aspirations for EV charging in Wales? Or is more intervention needed?
What could the Welsh Government do to support the co-location of renewable energy DRAFT projects with EV charging infrastructure?
Additionally, they noted the need to plan for new infrastructure to enable take-up opportunities for Electric Vehicles in Wales as part of emerging conclusions 9-11.