The role of IoT in fuelling the EV charging revolution

IoT’s role in fueling the EV charging revolution
With COP26, the UN climate change conference held in Glasgow in November, the focus is on the UK government to accelerate the work that has already started on the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. In principle, the goal of COP26 is to ensure global non-zero carbon emissions by mid-century and maintain the achievable goal of keeping temperature increases to 1.5 degrees. To achieve this, the government is actively working with other countries and working with civil society, businesses and people on the front lines of climate change to stimulate climate action. .

One of the key steps towards reaching the UK’s net zero target is the switch from petrol to electric vehicles (EVs). Finally, in 2032, the Committee on Climate Change requires that all new cars sold be fully battery electric vehicles. To achieve net zero, all vehicles – including heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) – must be fossil fuel-free by 2050. For cars and vans, this will mean that EV use will accelerate from around 400,000 today to 23.2 million in 2032, representing 55% of all vehicles, and up to 49 million in 2050, representing 100% of all vehicles .

Accelerated charging plans at home and on the go
To get closer to this goal, the UK government plans to mandate a charger for every new home or office from next year, meaning all new-build homes and offices will have to install electric car chargers to comply.

Additionally, in September 2021, Shell and Ubitricity announced plans to install 50,000 EV charging stations on UK streets by the end of 2025, further improving access to charging for urban drivers. Shell-owned Ubitricity has designed charging hardware that fits into lampposts and allows access to charging cars parked on the street without taking up extra space. This is important because over 60% of urban households do not have access to off-street parking, making charging from home almost impossible. Shell plans to expand its EV charging network from more than 60,000 charging stations today to more than 500,000 by 2025.