If you haven’t thought about EVs yet, you soon will.

We predict there’ll be up to 37.4 million of them on the road by 2050.

Most major governments have already committed to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars – in the UK the deadline for this is 2030. It’s all part of the UK’s drive to net zero by 2050, and at National Grid ESO we’re at the heart of this transition.

We know switching to EVs will help. They’re not only fuel efficient, EVs can be powered solely by renewable power, with smart charging showing the best times of day to use green electricity.

Despite their green credentials you’ll still have questions about EVs. How and where do I charge the vehicle, will it reliably get me from A to B – and what about those long drives to the coast? And do lorries, buses and aviation – have an electric future too?

We explore and explode the myths of EVs, look at the upsides, glance at the downsides, and take you on a fully electrified journey towards the future of driving.

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How do electric vehicles work?

We’ve been hearing about electric vehicles (EVs) for a while now and with the UK government banning the sale of all diesel and petrol cars by 2030, EVs need to be the ‘now’ rather than the future.

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EVs and electricity

Electric vehicles play an important role in transforming the electricity system, with things like smart charging, vehicle to grid technology and charging behaviour key to helping bring down carbon emissions.