28 April 2021

OZEV representatives to speak at EV webinar

Representatives from the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) will be speaking at LCRIG’s upcoming webinar entitled ‘Overcoming local authority challenges in the electric vehicle space’.

Anthony Henderson, Head of EV Infrastructure Policy and Regulation and his colleague Sophie Adams – Head Of Consumer Experience – form part of a panel at the event which is designed to help provide guidance to local authorities on how to plan, develop and operate electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure.

The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) is a team working across government to support the transition to zero emission vehicles (ZEVs). OZEV provide support for the take-up of plug in vehicles, as well as funding to support chargepoint infrastructure across the UK. This will contribute to economic growth and will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution on our roads.

With a £1.3bn fund allocated to the rollout of public EV charge points the installation of this infrastructure will need to be delivered at a local and national level. This will need collaboration between local highway teams, central Government and the wider energy sector for it to happen.  

There are several challenges that need to be overcome – including the adoption of on-street charging points; delivering a long-term strategy for the required infrastructure; use of Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs); engagement with energy networks; interoperability of chargers; and educating consumers.  

The event, which is being delivered in association with transportandenergy.com, will bring together the relevant stakeholders to discuss these challenges and provide guidance on how they can be addressed.  

The discussion – which is taking place at 11am on 25 May 2021 – will challenge relevant stakeholders to consider the challenges that local authorities are facing in this space and to start implementing the solutions. You can register for the event here.   

Dan Turner, Low Carbon City Officer (Planning), Plymouth City Council and Jonathan Murray – Policy & Operations Director, Zemo Partnership (formerly Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership) complete the speaker lineup. 

LCRIG Content Director Alec Peachey said: “We are delighted to have secured two speakers from the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV). They will offer an important central government perspective on what is a vitally important topic for local authorities. 

“Residents are putting increased pressure on their councils to ensure that they take a position on the provision of public charging points for electric vehicles (EV). With the Government recently announcing its plans to bring forward the ban on sales of petrol and diesel vehicles to 2030 this will accelerate the sale of EVs.   

“Demand for charging points is going to increase exponentially in the next few years so it is important that local authorities don’t get left in the wilderness when it comes to the biggest revolution in road transport since the introduction of the internal combustion engine. There are many challenges that councils need to overcome and this event will act as a great starting point to help them discover the right technologies, processes and approaches. I’d encourage everyone to attend this exciting event.”

OZEV comprises staff and funding from the Department for Transport and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Its priorities are to:

  • Ensure the UK remains one of the premier global markets for ultra low and zero emission vehicles
  • Develop and deliver initiatives to overcome barriers to uptake of ultra low and zero emission vehicles
  • Support innovation to put the UK at the forefront of the design, manufacture and use of zero emission vehicles

The event will examine the following:   

  • Local authority successes and challenges 
  • The role of the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV)   
  • Delivering a long-term strategy  
  • Educating consumers  
  • The role of energy networks/EV supply chain 
  • Overcoming challenges and next steps   

You can find out more information about the event or register here.